Our Work

Peace Ambassador Program

We leverage our extensive experience in Israel and Palestine to empower young women to create change in New Mexico through our Peace Ambassador Program, a six-month intensive leadership training that teaches compassionate communication, conflict resolution, and other skills to address issues of equity and inclusion.

This program has had a large impact on my life by educating me about the Israeli and Palestinian conflict. History is important but personal stories are valuable because of the strength they have to touch people’s hearts.

– Xitlalitl Rodas, Peace Ambassador 2018

Teens connect their own experiences with those of other young women in Israel and Palestine, learning about each other’s history, sharing personal stories, and creating joint projects that address inequities, build bridges, and heal the pain caused by interpersonal and inter-group conflict. Trainings convene twice a month, from January–May 2021, and this year will focus on the intersectionality of race, class, and gender in relation to environmental justice. The program culminates in a series of three virtual meetings with Young Leaders in the Middle East.

Peace Ambassador Class of 2021

We received a record number of applicants for the 2021 Peace Ambassador program. Our cohort is a diverse group of 15 young women from various cities in New Mexico, representing 12 high schools. Virtually gathering, the Peace Ambassadors have participated in the following workshops: Mindfulness in Leadership, Public Speaking, Climate Narrative Storytelling, and the Young Leader Tour. The Peace Ambassadors will also learn from various women leaders offering workshops in Emotional Intelligence in Leadership, Media Literacy, and Middle East Narrative.

Program Information

Online Application

The applications for 2022 will open in November, please check back! For questions, please contact [email protected].

Program Dates

The Peace Ambassador Program is a 6-month intensive leadership training. The 2022 session will begin in January.

Participant Criteria

We welcome young women age 15-18 to apply. You must be a resident of northern New Mexico to participate.

Program Cost

The Peace Ambassador Program fee is $100. Scholarships are available.