Peace Action of CNY Offers High School Award

Peace Action of Central New York will again present its Peace Action Youth Award this June. The $500 award, funded by Stephanie A. Miner and John F. X. Mannion, will be given to a high school senior in Onondaga County who has shown a devotion and commitment to peace, justice and conflict resolution. The student should have engaged in activities–through school, place of worship, or community–which demonstrate his or her passion to work on the underlying causes of war, violence and injustice.     

Peace Action of CNY, part of the largest peace organization in the country, began locally as the Nuclear Weapons Freeze in the early 1980s. It has presented awards to local peace activists for many years, but eight years ago also began offering an award exclusively for high school students. Peace Action hopes the award will help young people become more aware of the issues of peace and justice.

Applications for the award have been sent to all high schools in the county and to many community organizations. A description of the student’s peacemaking activities is required, plus a short personal statement and a reference. There is one award winner each year. To obtain an application, call the Peace Action office at 478-7442. The deadline for application submission is March 20. Information about Peace Action of CNY is available at www.peaceactioncny.org.
–Margrit Diehl