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Young Peacemakers Academy

Young Peacemakers Academy

The 2024 Young Peacemakers Academy will be June 23-29th

Messiah University’s Young Peacemakers Academy seeks to engage highschool students who are interested in building and sustaining peace in a local and global context and provide them with an understanding of the Christian foundations of peacemaking. The cost for the week will be $349 - this includes lessons, food, travel, and housing for the entrie camp (June 23-29) as students learn and practice peacemaking. 

Additional scholarships are available. Messiah employees automatically receive a $50 discount. Please use the links below to apply. 


Young Peacemakers Academy Registration Now Open!

The Young Peacemakers Academy will serve as a model for participants to see how Christian organizations can contribute to peace – in their personal lives and in community. In contrast to the narrative that casts religion as a source of division and strife in contemporary society, campers will learn about Peacemaking and Christian foundations for peace!

Campers will participate in service opportunities at Rising Sun Acres farm in Mechanicsburg and at the Latino Hispanic American Community Center in the City of Harrisburg. On Thursday and Friday, we will travel to Washington DC to visit organizations engaged in peace work, including Mennonite Central Committee and the US Institute of Peace.


a blue, circular graphic of a white clip art dove and the quote: "True peace is not the absence of tension, it is the presence of peace" by Martin Luther King Jr.

What will you do? Here’s the week at a glance!

Monday and Tuesday – Meet other campers as you learn about the Christian Foundations for peace and hear about work that religious groups are doing to promote social and economic peace.

Wednesday – Travel to local service opportunities in Mechanicsburg and Harrisburg as we volunteer with organizations that serve people in Central Pennsylvania. Up to 8 hours of community service hours possible.

Thursday and Friday – An overnight visit to Washington DC to talk to people engaged in policy and peacemaking on a global scale. We will visit Mennonite Central Committee’s DC office, the US Institute of Peace, and other organizations that work to promote peace.

Saturday – A morning sendoff as you return to your summers and new knowledge and tools to promote peace in your communities. 



Made possible in part by the generous support of the Lilly Endowment Inc.

Messiah students posing with their hands up infront of the capital building in Washington DC