Rochester City School Students Exploring Peace at Young Scholars Summer Camp

SUNY Geneseo chemistry professor Eric Helms works with rising 7th grader Keion Francis from Rochester's School #43 in the college's chemistry lab, part of the Rochester Young Scholars Academy Science of Homeland Security course. (Photo courtesy Keith Walters, Rochester Business Journal)

GENESEO, N.Y. - Operation Peace is the theme of the Rochester Young Scholars Academy summer camp this year at SUNY Geneseo. The 53 young men and women in the program from Rochester City School District grades 7 - 9 are in residence on campus weekdays through July 30. They are learning about the value of a safe environment by engaging in activities promoting global citizenship, interpersonal and cross cultural conflict management, and peacemaking skills.

"Youth are the hope for any peaceful global future," says Susan Norman, camp director and director of the Xerox Center for Multicultural Teacher Education at SUNY Geneseo. "As the next generation of leaders, we are looking to our young scholars to provide creative and peaceful solutions to serious conflicts whether on the playground, in the neighborhood or between warring nations."

The students are participating in four courses at the camp: The Science of Homeland Security; Resource Allocation; Peaceful Communication; and Global Studies. In the courses, the students will refine interpersonal communication and conflict negotiation skills; work on teams to create real world solutions to catastrophic global conflicts; connect clues through library-based research and the scientific method in a chemistry lab; and improve public speaking skills.

This is the fourth year of the camp, which focuses on a different theme each year. Funding for this year's camp is being provided by the Xerox Corp., The Rochester City School District, the Rochester Area Community Foundation and SUNY Geneseo.

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