, Newburyport, MA

March 27, 2013

Leadership camp offered during school vacation week

Newburyport Daily News

---- — NEWBURYPORT — Kids as Peacemakers, a local nonprofit best known for its sponsorship of the annual Kids as Peacemakers Mural Program and the annual day-long Peace in the Park youth activity day, has expanded its programming to include a Leadership Development Camp for students in sixth through eighth grade.

The two-day overnight camp will be hosted April 17 and 18 at Newburyport’s Central Congregational Church in partnership with Newburyport Youth Services, the Newburyport Commission on Diversity and Tolerance and the Greater Newburyport Clergy Association.

“The Kids as Peacemakers Leadership Development Camp is an exciting opportunity for middle schoolers,” said the Rev. Chris Ney of Central Congregational Church, who chairs the board of directors of Kids as Peacemakers. “The two-day immersion format will allow the students to explore the concepts of peace and their own potential for leadership in a meaningful way with plenty of room for fun.”

The curricula will be led by trained facilitators from On Earth Peace, a Maryland-based nonprofit specializing in peace education.

The program registration fee of $25 includes all meals and materials. The curricula, while sponsored by faith-based and civic organizations, will be secular and is open to all sixth- through eighth-graders regardless of background from throughout the region.

Registration is open now and will continue through April 3. A parent information night will be held April 3 at 7 p.m. at the Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb St., Newburyport. For more information or to register, call 978-465-0533 or email Registrations can also be processed through

Kids as Peacemakers is a local nonprofit that parnters with religious, social and civic organizations to develop programs to reduce violence and improve the child-friendliness of our communities.