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Project Common Bond

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Tuesday's Children was founded to promote long-term healing in all those directly impacted by the events of September 11, 2001. Our mission today is to keep the promise to those children and families while serving and supporting communities affected by acts of terror worldwide. Project Common Bond established by Tuesday’s Children in 2008, provides healing, peace-building skills, and education to young people from around the world who share a “common bond” — the loss of an immediate family member in an act of terrorism, violent extremism, or war.

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Project Common Bond

  1. 1. Danielle Coon, Project COMMON BOND Program Director, Tuesday’s Children
  2. 2. was founded to promote long-term healing in all those directly impacted by the events of September 11, 2001. Our mission today is to keep the promise to those children and families while serving and supporting communities affected by acts of terror worldwide. Tuesday’s Children
  3. 3. established by Tuesday’s Children in 2008, provides healing, peace-building skills, and education to young people from around the world who share a “common bond” — the loss of an immediate family member in an act of terrorism, violent extremism, or war. Project COMMON BOND
  4. 4. • Professionals with expertise in international leadership development, conflict resolution and community building • Psychologists and social workers specializing in trauma, grief and loss • Art, drama, music and movement therapists • Sports and recreation teachers Team of Facilitators
  5. 5. Partnerships • European Network of Victims of Terrorism, based in Spain, stimulates trans-national cooperation between victim organizations • Association for Victims of Terrorism has branches in France, Kenya, Algeria, Spain • Women Without Borders and Sisters Against Violent Extremism have branches in Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan • Embassies within countries of origin nominate participants • Parents Circle Families Forum, bereaved Israeli and Palestinian families support peace, reconciliation and tolerance. • South East Fermanagh Foundation based in Northern Ireland, brings relief to victims of The Troubles • University San Pablo, Spain, developed the International Congress for Victims of Terrorism • Mothers of Beslan (Russia), support forum for families impacted by the Beslan hostage crisis
  6. 6. • Healing through Community – building resilience in youth affected by trauma enhance coping with the stress of loss and trauma • Transformation through Education – conflict resolution, dignity & peace-building skills psycho-educational and enrichment programs • Leadership Development – fostering positive change in home communities Goals & Objectives
  7. 7. The life-altering experience of losing a loved one to violent conflict often leads to isolation and marginalization from peers and communities, and may also result in profound trauma and bereavement. Eliminating Isolation
  8. 8. Customized Dignity Curriculum Evolved through collaboration with Donna Hicks, author of the Dignity Model, at the Harvard University Weatherhead Center for International Affairs; The Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinic of Harvard Law School; and the many individuals who have participated in PCB: • Model a community committed to peace building • Address the trauma of the experience of terrorism • Hear the voices and knowledge of those who have been affected • Promote dignity– an understanding that dignity is inherent in all human beings • Build greater appreciation for and curiosity about diverse cultures • Create new initiatives that offset the polarizing effect of global conflict • Build a foundation of ideas, skills and practices that will inspire participants to contribute within their home communities
  9. 9. Empathy, Healing, Leadership • Provides a scaffolding for participants from varying cultures to come together in safety and learn from one another, through empathy, healing and leadership • All powerful antidotes to the effects of extremism • Sessions are conducted by facilitators who are all trained in conflict mediation and/or psychology • Groups are composed of about 15 participants within the same age range, but diverse in culture, gender and country of origin
  10. 10. Peace.we and Creative Arts Peace.we curriculum designed by leading experts in international relations and peace-building • A unique Conflict Resolution and Peace building curriculum developed specifically for PCB by two of our Dignity Facilitators, Tommy Dyer and Heidi Rosbe • Participants go into further discussion of various topics of worldwide conflict and come up with their own peace projects to implement in their communities Creative Arts Electives in drama, art, movement, music, and sports, all designed to further the exploration and expression of the goals of the curriculum
  11. 11. Chaperone Meetings Chaperones represent local social justice and family- centered organizations in home countries • Meet daily during program • Participate in Chaperone Panel highlighting organizations’ missions, work, challenges and accomplishments • Candy Cucharo, MSW and former TC staff, facilitates Train-the-Trainer program focused on Long-Term Healing Model service delivery and program development • Focus on self-care for service delivery workers
  12. 12. 97% felt motivated to advocate for peace in their communities 89% had greater awareness of the impact their actions have on others 94% felt better able to identify and respond to prejudices 92% felt better able to collaborate in group activities Participant Evaluations, 2014: 89% felt better able to respond thoughtfully rather than react impulsively 87% had a better understanding of the influences that shape their identity 89% felt better able to recognize their strengths and abilities 92% felt better able to maintain a positive outlook in the face of difficulty
  13. 13. • Provide toolkits for participants and chaperones to bring impactful peace-building projects to their home countries • Involve Project COMMON BOND alumni in conferences focused on peace building, conflict resolution, and transformational change worldwide • Secure an academic home for Project COMMON BOND in a strategically located university with a strong peace studies program Forward thinking
  14. 14. Tomer and Isaac "Peace is not something that starts big. It starts small from a small group of people and it expands and expands." - Tomer Avisar, 15-year old Israeli participant "The situation [in Israel/Palestine] doesn't allow us to think of other solutions other than fighting." - Isaac Othman, 20-year old Palestinian participant "If we talk, I give him my point of view, my story that he can't see on the news or media ... and let him decide for himself what's wrong or right," says Isaac. "It's not fair to tell only your side of the story," Tomer says. "We're not all the same.... I'm trying to bring the idea of peace by looking [at] both sides of the story, and by accepting each other. [The Palestinians are] really nice people ... I thought there would be more anger at me. I came here like I don't know how the Palestinians and Algerians would react to me, I thought at least one kid would be angry at me, but no-it's good."
  15. 15. For more information please contact us at danielle@tuesdayschildren.org 212-332-2980 thank you

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