Story and photo by Exildah Smith
University of Washington Communications intern
An interfaith youth program aimed at empowering young people worldwide has recently opened in Edmonds and is looking for more volunteers.
The goal of the Global Peace Youth Corps (GPYC) is to impact change and bring together young leaders of all faith, cultures and ethnicities under common values and principles of “One family under God,” said GPYC Volunteer coordinator Joy Mito.
The nonprofit organization advocates for “raising moral and innovative leaders of tomorrow” through character education programs, annual young leaders’ summit, and community-driven social impact projects, she said.
The Global Peace Youth Corps has approximately 100 branches worldwide including Asia, Africa and South America, but just three so far in the U.S. — Atlanta, Georgia; Billings, Montana and Edmonds.
The Edmonds-based Washington branch, which opened last October, is located near Edmonds-Woodway High School at 21010 76th Ave. W.
Mito said the organization is currently working with the Native American youths to ensure that they attain the leadership skills needed to better their future. They area also involving the youths in programs that support veterans such as creating care packages for soldiers in Afghanistan. The veterans program teaches young people the importance of service and how it brings people together, Mito said.
And for this summer, the group is planning a hike in Montana and also some local hikes and camping for those who are unable to travel.
Those interested in volunteering should contact Joy Mito at 845-216-9594 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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