2017 Mike Yarrow Peace Fellow, Jamie Margolin, inspired by the MYPF Intensive Training program, focused her project and funds on starting a youth-led climate justice organization, “This is Zero Hour” with a Youth March on Washington in summer 2018. Greta Thunberg, then 15 years old, “read about Zero Hour’s day of action online. Then, a month later, she began her Fridays for Future strike campaign, protesting outside Sweden’s parliament every week. The strike movement spread across Europe and the world, becoming a key part of today’s wave of youth climate activism.”
You(th) Can Make a Difference!
Application Deadline for 2020 is June 1, 2020.
Call Janis or Bruce Pruitt-Hamm at 206-466-2924
or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information
The MYPF was founded by former Peace Activist Trainees (PAT’s) and PAT parents to honor Mike Yarrow, WWFOR’s previous Organizer who died at the age of 74 from cancer on June 2, 2014. Mike founded the PAT program in 2000 with his wife Ruth, and provided key leadership to it for its 14 years of existence, offering training in nonviolent direct action and community organizing to nearly 100 graduates.
Like the PAT program, the MYPF endeavors to recruit and train high school and college age youth in the theory and practice of active nonviolence on issues of peace and social justice in the traditions of Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi. The MYPF program includes an Intensive Training program to “kick-start” an effort by each Yarrow Peace Fellow in the subsequent year to engage in a nonviolent campaign or project of their choice with mentors and further resources. Applicants may choose their topic of interest and then receive support and guidance in how to take action on that issue during the intensive training program and throughout the program year.
This year the Intensive Training will take place from Friday, July 3 to Monday, July 6, 2020 at the Seabeck Conference Center on Hood Canal, in conjunction with the 62nd Annual NW Regional FOR Conference. The MYPF is run by Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation (WWFOR).
Fellows learn about peace and justice issues, nonviolent movement building, and gain skills such as public speaking, group leadership, media development, conducting surveys, public relations, outreach, and lobbying. The Fellows meet individual activists, visit organizations, are introduced to current hot issues, and are mentored by experienced activists, public figures, and community organizers from the Seattle area and beyond. Applicants are accepted from all over the country and are especially encouraged to apply from Washington State. Housing and other assistance can be provided during the training intensive for those not living in the Seattle area.