CPA June e-newsletter

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JUNE 2020

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2020-2021 Peace Innovators announced
Peace Innovators blurb with student photos with names and schools. Text: 2020-2021 Peace Innovators
Kindred Credit Union, The Ripple Effect Education (TREE), and the Centre for Peace Advancement are welcoming nine passionate and excited students into the 2020-2021 cohort of Peace Innovators Scholarship and Mentoring Program.

The students, focusing on topics ranging from mental health, to poverty, to addressing homophobia, transphobia, and racism, will be ready to kickstart their projects this Fall.

Read more about how the Peace Innovators program equips changemakers.


Returning co-op student selected for UNODA program
Photo of young adults speaking at the United Nations with text "Announcing the 2020 UN Youth Champions for Disarmament!" and logo

Kirsten Mosey, Centre for Peace Advancement Communications Assistant, has been selected as one of ten Youth Champions for Disarmament with the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs!

Kirsten's experience in refugee camps and her passion for sustainable peace initiatives drew her to the program, where she was selected from a pool of 6,515 applicants! As the only North American in the group, Kirsten is excited to engage youth in Canada to pursue a disarmed world.

Read the UN press release.

How systems thinking impacts change on a global scale
Screenshot of the Map the System Global Finals livestream, eight judges on individual screens sharing their feedback

The 2019-2020 Map the System competition wrapped up at the Global Finals on June 17 with a livestream featuring the six finalist presentations. While the UWaterloo Map the System team did not advance to the final round of presentations, the experiential knowledge they gained from each stage of the competition was extremely valuable.

Congratulations to the winning teams, and to all the students who participated in this unique challenge!

Read more about the team's experience at the Global Finals.

Panic, Anxiety + Stress Support during a pandemic
Image of mental health cards included in the PASS Kit
While the global health crisis continues, Panic, Anxiety + Stress Support (PASS) has been working hard to address the rise in mental health concerns attributed to loneliness and uncertainty.

Accessible features such as a PASS Kit mailing program, and expanding the specific forms of stress supports to include Eco-Grief, an anxiety that is specifically derived from a fear for the future in regrards to climate change, are among the changes rolled out by PASS this month.

Check out the PASS newsletter for more information and self-care resources (PDF).
Tamarack Institute launches youth engagement strategy
Photo of children at a staged protest

The Tamarack Institute has partnered with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) to launch a  5-year project (PDF) in 13 communities across Canada. The project, Communities Building Youth Futures, aims to reduce barriers that impact youth graduation rates across the country.

Read more about Communities Building Youth Futures.

Photo credit: "Like Oceans, We Rise" - Mika Soetaert, selected by Tamarack for the "Seeing Youth Voices" Virtual Gallery.

Employment & Engagement Opportunities

Fall 2020 course offerings
Discover the courses offered online by Centre for Peace Advancement staff and Research Fellows on our Student Engagement page.

Course selection for returning students is open from June 26 - July 9

Pandemic Challenge - Concept by Velocity
Applications for the Pandemic Challenge are open now and due on July 13.

Learn more about the Pandemic Challenge.

Co-op and internships - Centre for Peace Advancement
There are 12 university students currently employed by a venture or organization in our Centre. Keep an eye on our Opportunities page for openings like these in future terms.
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