Youth Leadership Development and Knowledge Exchange Convening

Smiling woman with glasses against a background convening discussions on Youth Leadership Development and community strengthening.

Youth Leadership Development and Knowledge Exchange Convening

The Youth Leadership Development and Knowledge Exchange seeks to enhance resilience and protective factors among youth. Our objectives include fostering collaboration and knowledge sharing among key organizations, enhancing leadership skills, and nurturing a shared sense of belonging.

Resiliency Building / Community Strengthening

3-day Forum and Convening with Fantastic Speakers, Workshops, Service Projects and Mini-Grants




Great For: Young adults 18-30, community members and youth serving professionals from a variety of community organizations, agencies and faith communities.


  • Free Orientation / Trainings via Webinar
  • Leadership Development Guest Speakers and Activities
  • Overview of Local and International Opportunities for Youth
  • Community Service Project Design Workshop
  • Mini-Grants to be Awarded for Local Projects in Your Community
  • Knowledge Exchange Sessions with Youth and Community Stakeholders

About Us: Founded in 2009, the Global Peace Foundation is a leading international non-profit organization that promotes a values-based approach to building sustainable peace and development at community, national and regional levels. Key initiatives include digital citizenship, community peacebuilding, youth leadership development, One Korea Global Campaign, democracy strengthening and prevention of hate-driven violence and terrorism.

Safer MD Campaign: Our activities include in-person and virtual sessions, workshops and community events engaging community, faith leaders, and youth serving organizations. Our goal is to enhance community awareness of threats or indicators related to targeted violence and terrorism and share resources for help with the community.

Purpose of the Conference: The purpose of the Youth Leadership Development and Knowledge Exchange convening is to strengthen protective factors and resilience among youth. The intended outcomes are improved collaboration and knowledge sharing amongst key organizations, improved leadership skills, and increased belonging social capital amongst youth.

Additional Terms and Conditions: The Global Peace Foundation complies with the United States of America Federal civil rights laws and is committed to providing its programs and services without discrimination in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, or national origin (including language); Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibits discrimination based on disability; Title IX of the Educations Amendments Act of 1972, which prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities; Age Discrimination Act of 1975, which prohibits discrimination based on age; U.S. Department of Homeland Security regulation 6 C.F.R. Part 19, which prohibits discrimination based on religion in social service programs; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, makes it unlawful to retaliate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit. Please visit to learn more.

Global Peace Foundation provides information and services for persons with Limited English Proficiency including aids and services, such as qualified foreign language or sign language interpreters and written information in other formats /languages (large print, audio, accessible electronic formats, etc.), to communicate effectively with persons with disabilities and ensure meaningful access to programs and activities. Learn more during our application process.


This project was made possible by funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships, opportunity number DHS-22-TTP-132-00-01.

Tuesday, May 7 (4:00 - 5:30pm)

Check in for overnight guests, dinner and bonfire provided.

Wednesday, May 8 (All-Day)

Youth Leadership Development presentations, guest speakers, and inspirational youth projects. Evening dinner, bonfire, and networking opportunities are provided.

Thursday, May 9 (All-Day)

Service Project Workshop and Applications for Mini-Grants. Evening dinner, bonfire, and networking opportunities are provided.

Friday, May 10 (Half-Day)

Knowledge Exchange Sessions with New Jersey Special Guests

Overnight and Day Guests are Welcome to Attend!

We have a limited number of 100% and 50% scholarships for youth, young adults, community members and nonprofit organizations. You may elect to apply for a scholarship during the application process, which will be reviewed and awarded by our organizing committee. Scholarships include support for tuition and fees, accommodations in single rooms, meals and snacks, modest give-away supplies and training materials, and some transportation. GPF encourages all applicants to apply. Mini-grants will be awarded to support community service projects developed during the convening. Eligibility is restricted to conference participants and based on evaluation of participant project plans / proposed designs.

Apply by: April 19