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Congratulations to James Portis on being named PeaceMaker of the Year at the 2012 Global Youth Service Day Awards ceremony held at the Main Library in April.

IMAGE: James PortisJames volunteers for several community organizations through his membership with the Akron PeaceMakers program.  He also advocates for non-violence amongst his peers and in his community.  He assists as set-up and clean-up person, greeter, runner, spokesperson and peer advocate for Victim Assistance, National Night-Out, United Way, Summit for Kids, City of Akron, Akron International Friendship, Community Action Agency and many more.

James is dependable and keeps his word and commitments.  He doesn’t hesitate to jump in and start working without being asked and is a great example of youth committed to serving others.


The Akron PeaceMakers continue to make headlines in Akron; around the state of Ohio, the U.S., and internationally. 

Read about the Akron PeaceMakers in the Akron Area eutopia Report:
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We also appeared in the January issue of Weekly Reader, a scholastic publication, read by more than nine million students and teachers in the United States and Canada. (To read the article click here)


Akron PeaceMakers Host International Guests

The Akron PeaceMakers have hosted a series of meeting with international guests from many different parts of the world. The PeaceMakers, in partnership with Akron International Friendship, hosted various international visitors discussing world issues from a youth, Akron and American perspective. The program is sponsored nationally by The Office of International Visitors, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.

The first meeting was held on April 22 when PeaceMakers hosted a gentleman from the country of Seychelles, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, off the east coast of Africa; and a young man from the Palestinian Territories. The topic of the meeting was "Peace in the World" and what the Akron PeaceMakers are doing to promote peace in Akron.

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Our second facilitation was on June 8 with university students from the African country of Kenya. The group came to the United States to meet with universities and colleges to discuss conflict resolution. It seems that student unrest at Kenyan universities have taken to violent demonstrations resulting in destruction of property and student deaths.

The group meet with the Akron PeaceMakers to get a youth perspective on how Americans deal with issues and how we are able to, in most cases, come to a peaceful resolution on differing opinions.

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And, on Monday, August 16, the Akron PeaceMakers hosted yet another group of international guests. Our visitors were four young women who were on a mission to the United States to talk to various groups about human rights as well as other issues affecting people all around the world.

Our visitors, Anna from Sweden; Ioana, from Romania: Fausta from Lithuania; and, Christina from the Ukraine; were interested in how the PeaceMakers were created and what we do as a group to make things better for our community and for other youth.

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The PeaceMakers are proud to represent Akron youth in these important international exchanges of ideas and philosophies and look forward to future opportunities.


Akron PeaceMakers 2010 Teen Expo

2009 Report to the Mayor on Youth Issues (44k pdf)

"As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself... Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility."

Nelson Mandela
South African Statesman


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