Youth Peace Camp

A project by Critical Thinking for P.E.A.C.E

CTP’s Youth Peace Camp is an effective model of youth-to-youth mentorship, equipping youth with the necessary skills to problem-solve in their communities
Critical Thinking For P.E.A.C.E’s (CTP) mission is to cultivate and empower a movement of the next generation of proactive citizens and peace-builders in Rwanda. Our aim for these future leaders is to provide the skills and techniques required to employ both critical thinking and compassion as a means to resolving the most pressing challenges in their personal lives and within their larger communities. Through an annual, seven-day intensive program, CTP works intimately with a broad section of diverse young Rwandans to develop a strong network of change-agents who then return to their home communities to foster positive social change.

CTP was founded in 2016 with a pilot program of just 32 students. Since that time, participation has enthusiastically increased nearly 3-fold in as many years, and entry to the annual camp is now highly competitive. After each retreat – or “camp” - these young change-makers have returned to their communities to initiate projects of their own and in the process have spread the training and skills learned through CTP to more than one thousand young people nationwide. Our alumni typically create clubs within their schools where they train fellow students to apply critical thinking skills in solving problems that they face in their homes and communities. Several graduates have initiated additional projects on a national level, including their own camps, radio talk shows and community service initiatives.  To date, CTP has trained more than 200 students, and through alumni-initiated projects, has impacted thousands more throughout Rwanda.

CTP has created a transformative training model, apparent not simply as a result of the exponential growth of participants and their community impact, but as a result of the replicable skills each student learns during the seven-day training process. Strong networks among students and within diverse communities have developed providing the basis for lasting and sustainable peace throughout the lives and communities of those involved.

About the Organization /Team

Julia Lisi, Co-Founder / Executive Director
A U.S. national, Julia is in charge of overseeing the team as well as the organization’s finances.

Ian Manzi, Co-Founder / Director of Programs
A Rwandan national, Ian is in charge of our educational programming.

Derrick Murekezi, Co-Founder / Director of Operations
A Rwandan national, Derrick is in charge of general team management and fundraising.

Deogratias Mukuralinda, Partnerships & Sustainability Associate (1-year fellowship position)
A Rwandan national, Deo is in charge of identifying grants and sponsorships for the team.
Project CategoryMobilizer
Realated SDGs
1 No Poverty 5 Gender Equality 10 Reduced Inequalities 16 Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions