transforming conflict and communities.
Conflict divides and destroys. Seeds of Peace began with the belief that better leaders can bridge divides in communities where conflict has taken its toll.
John Wallach founded Seeds of Peace to help aspiring young leaders become a critical force for peace.
He believed that peace requires enemies to view each other as people. In 1993, he convinced Middle East leaders to select 46 teenage Israeli, Palestinian, Egyptian, and American ‘Seeds’ to attend the inaugural Seeds of Peace Camp in Maine—their first opportunity to meet the other side.
Today, 6,698 alumni are leading change.
Seeds of Peace supports changemakers where they are needed most.
Over 100 annual Seeds of Peace programs provide alumni with the skills to lead change back home—in the Middle East, South Asia, Europe, and the United States.
Some of the greatest potential for change starts in homes and classrooms.
Seeds of Peace alumni are challenging the status quo on a range of social issues that constitute obstacles to peace.
Innovating educational tools for creative thinking and cross-cultural understanding.
Using the power of music to prompt dialogue between Palestinians and Israelis.
Connecting women across borders with mentors in their field.