May/June 2018
Youth Activism
Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution
Dear Colleague:

This has been a year of youth activism. Much of it came out of tragedy - the violence in Parkland, FL (which was repeated just last week in Santa Fe, TX) - but also out of frustration with policies that target undocumented youth and families.The #MeToo movement has galvanized young women (and men) to change the culture of our often chauvinistic and sexist society. And young people are in the forefront of the Black Lives Matter efforts. It might be lost on some, but we've seen a shift in leadership from traditional elected leadership to that of younger activists: a similar phenomena that took place in the 1960s.

Rather than be naysayers and feel we must encourage youth to "get real," let's support their idealism and help them move from opinions and passion to protest and action. We can play the roles of mentors, sponsors, and advisors to young people who demand a better future that benefits all, including the adults in the room!

Over the next couple of weeks I will be planning my fall travel, if you are interested in a visit where I could talk about careers, peacebuilding, or humanitarian work, let me know!

With the end of the school year, I wish everyone a restful and reflective summer break.

David J. Smith
May 25, 2018

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Young People Are Filling to Leadership Void Left by Adults, Baltimore Sun Op-Ed, May 2, 2018
I recently published an op-ed in the Baltimore Sun making the case for youth leadership and arguing that adults need to offer their support to these efforts. Some elected officials doubt the capacity of young people to make change. I'm reminded of Joan of Arc. Click here to read my views.
Resources for Fostering
Youth Activism
Coastal Promise - Maryland, September 20-23, 2018
The Forage Center will hold its next field simulation  September 20-23, 2018 in Swanton (Garrett County), Maryland. The site is a 2.5 hour drive west of Washington, DC, 3 hours west of Baltimore, 2 hours south of Pittsburgh, and 3.5 hours east of Columbus. If you fly, Pittsburgh is the closest airport. We ask that all applicants have a minimum of a bachelor's degree.(If don't have a bachelor's degree, you can request provisional acceptance.) The fee is $700 for students and $1,000 for working professionals and will include meals and lodging (tents are provided; you must bring a sleeping bag).  Registration  is now open.

You must apply by September 7.
Articles on Youth Activism from Around World

March for Our Lives is Great, But Not Enough , The Harvard Crimson , 4/23/18
Just Asking, Washington Post, April 15, 2018
I was happy to be featured in the Washington Post Magazine's Just Asking column on April 15, 2018. The piece talks about my work and my journey from divorce lawyer to peacebuilder. Click here to read.
Free Community College and Civic Learning
My own state of Maryland is the most recent one to offer a free pathway to community college. I think this is a good move. I also think this can advance civic and global education in the U.S.
Read my commentary in Community College Daily.
6th Annual National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar
George Mason University, November 1-4, 2018

For the past 5 years, the Annual National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar has been held in DC area. The last several years it was at Northern Virginia Community College. Starting this year, it will be held at the Arlington campus of George Mason University. It will be hosted by the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. The dates for 2018 are November 1-4. There is a discount if you register and pay early! The link for registration is below. A paper application is here.
Diversity, Identity, Stereotypes and Action:
Engaging Young People Today
Annually, I direct the Youth Diversity Leadership Program for the Rockville, Maryland Human Rights Commission. This year's program brought together high school students from the area to consider issues of diversity and leadership and make change through action. To read more about this year's program, click here .
Talking About Peace
I was honored to give a talk at the TEDxFulbright program "A Curious Picture" in June 2017 at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. Click here to view it.
Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace
  Peace Jobs was recently reviewed by Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice (by Tom H. Hastings)

"As one who already uses Smith's book, I hope he updates it with successive editions every few years. It will continue to be a valuable tool for us all as we help students prepare to do what most peace studies students want to do - save the world, full time, and maybe even pay the rent and buy some groceries."
Information Age Publishing has recently reduced the price of Peace Jobs to make it more affordable to students. It is now available for $33.99 . It can also be ordered in a  Kindle edition .  
Career Coaching

Are you looking to make a career change in 2018 and looking at the international education, peacebuilding or conflict resolution fields? I am career coaching younger and mid-career professionals who are looking to make a career change. 

Upcoming Talks, Programs and Conferences

Humanitarian Education Program, La Roche College, Pittsburgh, PA, May 21-23, 2018

Coastal Promise - Maryland , Garrett County, MD, September 20-23, 2018

Peace and Justice Studies Association Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, September 27-29, 2018

Association for Conflict Resolution Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, October 3-5, 2018

Alliance for Peacebuilding Conference, Washington, DC, October 24-26, 2018

6th Annual National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar, George Mason University, Arlington, VA, November 1-4, 2018

If I am in your area, I'd love to visit!

“We were scared, but our fear was not as strong as our courage.”  
David J. Smith Consulting ||