Project COMMON BOND unites youth from around the world who have experienced the loss of a loved one in conflict. These experiences unite rather than divide. Through peace-building education, dialogue and community-building activities, we create connections, promote intercultural exchange and empower participants as agents for positive change in their lives and communities. We have so far united 20 different countries and more than 400 teenagers and young adults impacted by terrorism, violent extremism or war. Each year, we hold a week-long symposium for all participants that includes creative team-building activities and dignity and peace-building curriculum.
The Peace.we component of Project COMMON BOND guides participants in formulating peace-building projects that can be implemented in their countries of origin to have both global and local impacts. Project COMMON BOND participants will create at least five high-level projects to be implemented in participant countries of origin. To further increase the impact, participant teams may enter their projects in subsequent Do the KIND Thing voting rounds.
Participants have attended Project COMMON BOND from Algeria, Argentina, Croatia, England, France, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Kenya, Liberia, Morocco, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Pakistan, Palestine, Russia, Spain, Sri Lanka and the United States, with additional countries engaged for distance learning. In addition, the symposium provides training and education to staff and chaperones—international policymakers, practitioners, students, teachers and social service providers—giving them tools from a custom-designed curriculum to take back to and implement in their home communities.