Global Youth Initiative

Global Youth Initiative

Through vital and deepening relationships with international partners, the Winter Institute is able to expose Mississippi youth to communities far beyond their home state.

Through our relationship with Youth Link, in Northern Ireland, they learn conflict resolution practices and the complicated seeds from which conflict grows; with our friends at the Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services, in Hawaii, they learn about promoting health by sharing food and laughter, celebrating elders and children, dancing, planting, and remembering what makes a community.

Initial contact among youth partners reveals to them that, despite the idea that their local problem or problems are unique, their overseas peers are experiencing very similar obstacles; conversely, they learn that potential solutions to these problems are, across oceans and time zones, also similar. This fledgling process has grown from developing relationships to collecting and sharing oral histories.