Seeds of Peace

Seeds of Peace is a leadership development organization committed to transforming legacies of conflict into courage to lead change.

 

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New York, NY – EIN 521814447 seedsofpeace.org

Seeds of Peace is a peacebuilding and leadership development organization headquartered in New York City. It was founded in 1993. As its main program, the organization brings youth and educators from areas of conflict to its camp in Maine.

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Seeds of Peace

Seeds of Peace
Seeds of Peace Logo.png
Formation1993
TypeNon-profit Organization
HeadquartersNew York, NY with offices in Jerusalem, Amman, Lahore, Mumbai, Kabul.
Websitewww.seedsofpeace.org

Seeds of Peace is a peacebuilding and leadership development organization headquartered in New York City. It was founded in 1993. As its main program, the organization brings youth and educators from areas of conflict to its camp in Maine. It also provides local programming to support Seeds of Peace graduates, known as Seeds, once they return home. Its mission is to empower youth from conflict regions to work for a better future.

History

Seeds of Peace began in 1993 as an idea of the American journalist John Wallach. At a state dinner with politicians from Israel, Egypt, and the Palestinian Authority, Wallach toasted them, then inspired them to pledge to bring 15 youngsters from each of their respective countries to a new camp he was founding in Maine. These 46, including 3 Americans, ranging in age from 13 to 18, comprised the first session of the Seeds of Peace Camp, founded on the site of the former Camp Powhatan in Otisfield, Maine.[1]

The campers from 1993 were later present at the signing ceremony of the Declaration of Principles (better known as the Oslo Accords) in Washington, D.C. President Bill Clinton, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and PLO Chairman Yasir Arafat were photographed holding Seeds of Peace T-shirts.[2]

Since its inauguration in 1993, the Camp has produced over 6,000 Seed graduates. There are now Seeds from Egypt, the Palestinian territories, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Qatar, Tunisia, Afghanistan, Yemen, India, Pakistan, Maine, Syracuse, New York, Cyprus (Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus/Republic of Cyprus), and the Balkans. The Balkan programs (Albania, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Kosovo) and the Cyprus program (Turkish Republic of Cyprus, Republic of Cyprus, Greece, and Turkey) have been discontinued.[3]

Campers

Selection Process

The selection process to become a Seeds of Peace camper is very competitive. The selection takes about half a year, with most of the participants being 14–16 years old. Typically, applicants to Seeds of Peace apply through the school systems in their home countries. Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English and leadership skills, local politics, and are selected on the basis of interviews and written essays. Many of the first time campers are chosen by the Ministries of Education or other government agencies in their respective countries.[4]

Costs

Attending the camp costs $2500 for the three and a half week stay, plus the costs of airfare. Campers are asked to contribute $1200 to help defray costs, but selected campers are not turned away if unable to pay. Sponsor countries often contribute to the camp fees and airfare as well.[5]

Organization

John Wallach's vision focused on leaders of the next generation—on Seeds who will one day be in positions of power. In the first years of the camp, it became clear that to realize this vision the organization needed the support of people in the regions of conflict in positions of power now. This need to establish legitimacy on the ground at home inspired the creation of the Delegation Leaders Program. Delegation Leaders are educators from the countries in conflict; they take part in the selection and orientation of Seeds at home. They accompany the Seeds to and from camp. At the camp, they are they eyes and ears of the parents, of their communities; at the same time, they engage in an intense encounter experience of their own. After camp, they are invited to join the growing circles of support for Seeds of Peace.

These many years of conflict resolution programming has produced an impressive cadre of Seeds working in international affairs, politics, business, medicine, nonprofit and media. Headquartered in New York City, Seeds of Peace also has offices in Amman, Cairo, Gaza, Jerusalem, Kabul, Lahore, Mumbai, Otisfield, Ramallah and Tel Aviv.

While at camp, participants speak English, the common language of the camp, in order to open the lines of communication between national and ethnic groups.

Camp is the potential beginning of a long process, of relationships that grow. The adjustment to life at home after camp can be difficult, especially when the political conditions are less than encouraging. To aid in this transition, the organization supports returning Seeds with year-round programming, including dialogue sessions, cross-cultural visits, educational and leadership development workshops and outreach events. These activities work to sustain the relationships and ideals developed in the International Camp, supporting the Seeds' lifelong commitments to sustaining promoting dialogue and understanding in their home regions.[6]

In 2001, Seeds of Peace expanded to South Asia. Seeds in this region are active leaders through various programs that bring together conflicting sides from Afghanistan, India and Pakistan.

Asel Asleh

Asel Asleh at Seeds of Peace

On October 2, 2000, Asel Asleh, an Israeli Arab and graduate of the program, was killed by Israeli security forces during a demonstration. He was wearing the Seeds of Peace T-shirt at the time of the shooting and was subsequently buried in it.[7]

Leadership

John Wallach, the founder of the organization, also served as its president until his death in 2002. He was succeeded by former State Department official Aaron David Miller, who left the job early in 2006. Later, , wife of John Wallach, was named president emeritus and Steven Flanders served for a time as the executive officer in charge. Starting in the spring of 2007, Nicolla Hewitt served briefly as President, until her departure in 2008. In the fall of 2009, the organization announced a new Executive Director, Leslie Adelson Lewin.

Offices

The organization's U.S. headquarters is located in New York City. Seeds of Peace also has opened central offices in Jerusalem and smaller offices in Amman, Lahore, Mumbai and Kabul. With the support of Seeds of Peace staff, and growing networks of older "Seeds," Delegation Leaders and parents, the young graduates of the Camp continue activities across borders and within their own communities. Programs for older Seeds—people in their 20s—are expanding as the organization meets the needs of Seeds moving through new phases of life.

The Olive Branch

From 1996-2012, the organization's graduates published a magazine, The Olive Branch, that summed up their activities over a period of several months. It included reports, poetry, essays, and photos.[8]

Life after camp

2009 Spring Seminar meeting between Palestinian, Israeli Arab and Jewish Israeli Seeds

Approximately 350 new Seeds graduate from Seeds of Peace every summer. After camp, the organization runs year-round regional programs for graduates in their home countries that focus on "four of the most important assets and abilities that leaders in conflict regions need to create meaningful change: strong relationships across lines of conflict; a sophisticated understanding of core conflict issues; practical skills in communication, critical thinking, and change-making; and the ability to take action on behalf of peace."[9] Author John Wallach himself dedicated his book "The Enemy Has a Face: The Seeds of Peace Experience" to the organization.[10]

Regional Programs

These events are organised by the regional branches of Seeds of peace and students who have attended the Seeds Of Peace Maine Camp, (a.k.a. "seeds") take an active role in the same.

Criticism

Seeds of Peace has been criticized by some for its perceived contriving of a false equivalence between the actions of the Israelis and those the Palestinians by omitting the larger historical context of the conflict, and for not being sufficiently critical of Israeli policies toward the Palestinians.[11]

A survey of the Palestinian teens attending the program shows that they are disproportionately represented by "children of friends of high-ranking officials or economic elites. Only 7 percent of participants were refugee camp residents, even though they make up 16 percent of the Palestinian population." [12] The survey also shows little or no long-term impact of the program with 91 percent said they were no longer in contact with any Israelis that they had met through the program. 93 percent said there was no follow-up to camp activity that they had participated in. Only 5 percent agreed that their program had helped "promote peace culture and dialogue between participants." Only 11 percent came away believing that "there is something that unites us with the other party"" [13]

In a fantasy-theme analysis of Seeds of Peace publications, Engstrom (2007) argues that organizations like Seeds of Peace unknowingly participate in sustaining the conflicts they seeks to eliminate. This is done by a promoted rhetoric of deferred peace that places the burden of ending the conflict on future generations. Politicians and other stakeholders in the current conflict use their support for Seeds of Peace as a signal of their commitment to peace while remaining committed to military engagement in the present. By continuously promoting peace as something that exists in the future, politicians can maintain the status quo and undermine the power of institutions working for peace today.[14]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Seeds of Peace Program Overview". Seeds of Peace. Retrieved 2010-06-13.
  2. ^ "LIFE Magazine Photo Archive - Israel-PLO Peace Agreement Signing". LIFE Magazine. Retrieved 2010-06-15. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ "List of Current Seeds of Peace Areas of Operation". Seeds of Peace. Retrieved 2010-06-15.
  4. ^ Hamburg, David A. Hamburg, Beatrix A.; M.D, Beatrix A. Hamburg (2004). Learning to live together preventing hatred and violence in child and adolescent development. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 288. ISBN 9780195348019.
  5. ^ Wallach, John Wallach with Michael (2000). The enemy has a face the Seeds of Peace experience. Washington, D.C.: United States Institute of Peace Press. p. 9. ISBN 9781878379962. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Post-Camp Activities". Seeds of Peace. Retrieved 2010-06-16.
  7. ^ Greenberg, Joel (15 June 2001). "Police Killings of Israeli Arabs Being Questioned by Inquiry". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-06-16.
  8. ^ "The Olive Branch Youth Magazine - Seeds of Peace". Seeds of Peace. Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  9. ^ "Regional Programs". Seeds of Peace. Retrieved 2013-05-05.
  10. ^ John Wallach (2000). The Enemy Has a Face: The Seeds of Peace Experience. United States Institute of Peace.
  11. ^ Can we talk? The Middle East “peace industry” Electronic Intifada
  12. ^ Kalman, Matthew; Service, Chronicle Foreign (19 October 2008). "Few results seen from Mideast teen peace camps". SFGate.
  13. ^ Kalman, Matthew; Service, Chronicle Foreign (19 October 2008). "Few results seen from Mideast teen peace camps". SFGate.
  14. ^ Engstrom, Craig (27 February 2009). "Promoting peace, yet sustaining conflict? A fantasy‐theme analysis of Seeds of Peace publications". Journal of Peace Education. 6 (1): 19–35. doi:10.1080/17400200802658332. S2CID 143053976.

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SEEDS OF PEACE INC

NEW YORK, NY 10017-6584 | Tax-exempt since July 1993
  • EIN: 52-1814447
  • Classification (NTEE)
    International Peace and Security (International, Foreign Affairs and National Security)
  • Nonprofit Tax Code Designation: 501(c)(3)
    Defined as: Organizations for any of the following purposes: religious, educational, charitable, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition (as long as it doesn’t provide athletic facilities or equipment), or the prevention of cruelty to children or animals.
  • Donations to this organization are tax deductible.
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Dec. 2018

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2018

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2017

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$6,692,863

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Net income $407,934
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
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Program services $1,115,859 16.7%
Investment income $5,549 0.1%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $1,182,991 17.7%
Sales of assets $1,524 0.0%
Net inventory sales $0
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Total Assets $3,160,433
Total Liabilities $386,938
Net Assets $2,773,495
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Program services $659,059 11.4%
Investment income $4,142 0.1%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $1,003,916 17.4%
Sales of assets -$1,191
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $12,477 0.2%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $388,026 6.8%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $1,964,257 34.3%
Other
Total Assets $2,788,403
Total Liabilities $422,915
Net Assets $2,365,488
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Total Revenue

$6,274,013

Total Functional Expenses $6,184,344
Net income $89,669
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
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Program services $852,410 13.6%
Investment income $3,139 0.1%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $1,130,101 18.0%
Sales of assets $5,389 0.1%
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $13,062 0.2%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $312,848 5.1%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $1,910,565 30.9%
Other
Total Assets $2,807,265
Total Liabilities $483,630
Net Assets $2,323,635
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Total Functional Expenses $5,803,172
Net income $114,174
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
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Program services $631,016 10.7%
Investment income $516 0.0%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $1,053,021 17.8%
Sales of assets -$1,176
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $12,139 0.2%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $316,840 5.5%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $1,893,746 32.6%
Other
Total Assets $2,702,303
Total Liabilities $468,609
Net Assets $2,233,694
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$5,554,490

Total Functional Expenses $5,431,750
Net income $122,740
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
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Program services $661,612 11.9%
Investment income $2,789 0.1%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $1,758,918 31.7%
Sales of assets $34 0.0%
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $23,576 0.4%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $380,981 7.0%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $1,587,584 29.2%
Other
Total Assets $2,979,671
Total Liabilities $859,858
Net Assets $2,119,813
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Net income $336,378
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Program services $580,635 11.1%
Investment income $2,991 0.1%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $1,513,629 28.9%
Sales of assets -$1,212
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $8,734 0.2%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
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Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $1,504,771 30.7%
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Investment income $2,076 0.0%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $1,399,527 25.3%
Sales of assets -$194
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $17,778 0.3%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
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Professional fundraising fees $0
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Other
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Total Liabilities $1,298,813
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