Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution
Dear Colleague:

I have been fortunate over the years to have had important mentors to help me transition into careers and new opportunities. I've often been neglectful in thanking them, however. Sometimes we don't even recognize what they have done for us until much later.

Oprah Winfrey has said that "A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself." Often a mentor will be sought - and should be sought - when one is at a crossroads professionally. A mentor supports a mentee honestly and encourages exploration and risk taking.

In my own work, I generously offer my time and knowledge to young professionals just starting off their careers. I encourage those who have been working in a field for many years and have acquired expertise to find opportunities to mentor those who will follow them.

The photo is of my son Lorenzo and other Peace Corps/Namibia volunteers at their Close of Service reception. He is in the animal print. In his 27 months in the country, he has had the chance to both mentor and be mentored by many.

Hope you are having a great fall!

David J. Smith
October 10, 2018

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Photo credit: Peace Corps Namibia
Benefits of Mentoring
News and Activities
I recently was invited to join Forbes Coaches Council, a select group of coaches who work with professionals to advance their professional goals.
The last few weeks I have been at conferences: the Peace and Justice Studies Association and the Association for Conflict Resolution. Here is a blog about the career programs I offered at those conferences.
My September article in the Fulbright Edge was titled " Always Seek to Better Yourself" and looked at ways of self-improvement during a career search. Read it here .
The Garrett County (Md.) Republican wrote a piece on the Forage Center's most recent Coastal Promise simulation held in September. If you are interested in our next program set for March 2019 contact Catherine Cousar.
Career Video Series!
I 've recently launched on my YouTube Channel a Career Coaching Video Series. Each video is published on Friday and is about 2 minutes in length. I provide basic advice and share strategies for finding work. Check it out here !
Mentoring Science
Humanitarian and Peacebuilding Training
March 2019, Garrett County, MD
Coastal Promise - Maryland
March 2019
The Forage Center will hold its next field simulation in  March 2019 in Swanton (Garrett County), Maryland. The exact days will be set this week. If you are interested in attending contact Catherine Cousar. 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.
6th Annual National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar
George Mason University, November 1-4, 2018
Registration closes: 10/26/18

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. The link for registration is below.
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 .
Washington Post Just Asking

The Washington Post Magazine featured my work its April 15, 2018 "Just Asking" feature.
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. 

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 .  

In order to be a mentor, and an effective one, one must care. You must care. You don't have to know how many square miles are in Idaho, you don't need to know what is the chemical makeup of chemistry, or of blood or water. Know what you know and care about the person, care about what you know and care about the person you're sharing with. ” 
-Maya Angelou
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