Created in 2002 by Founder Gretchen Grad in the aftermath of the horrific events of 9/11, Hands of Peace now boasts almost 700 alumni fostering equality, freedom and justice around the world.
Each summer, American, Israeli and Palestinian teenagers meet for the first time at Pacific Ridge School for the Summer Program. For 19 days, they learn how to listen, break down stereotypes, and discover their common humanity. During these facilitated dialogues, they get to know each other, share their personal stories, hear how the conflict has impacted others, and explore complicated and painful issues from many different angles. They enter the meeting rooms at Pacific Ridge School as strangers and leave as friends, united in their passion for peace.
Whether you're new to Hands of Peace or an alumnus(na), long-time volunteer, host family, or parent, you can grow this thriving network of young agents of change and watch their positive impact ripple around the world.