100 Projects for Peace

Congratulations to Ali FoRGer and Laura DICKINSON on Receiving the 2017 Award!

From 37th to 37th: Peace, Love, and Storytelling in a DC Neighborhood

Project Description:
In collaboration with youth leaders from Washington, DC's 37th St SE neighborhood, Georgetown College students Laura Dickinson and Ali Forger will design, organize, and support eight weeks of creative programming with and for young people in a neighborhood that is widely misrepresented. The goal of the project is to strengthen relationships within the community, create outlets for youth who have important stories to tell, and to encourage peace through arts empowerment, peace trainings, and self-authorship storytelling opportunities. Throughout this project, youth leaders will guide their peers in programming held within a fully-accessible, community-based space, with a culminating showcase event planned and hosted by youth leaders.  This project aims to celebrate positive narratives from within the neighborhood, mentor young leaders who will mentor younger peers, and encourage peace through story creation, story sharing, dialogue circles on youth-directed topics, and mentorship as a form of peacebuilding. This is the first GU-Davis project to take place within the United States of America.

Ali Forger is a junior studying Justice and Peace Studies and English, originally from Monroe, Connecticut. She is actively involved in the Center for Social Justice through the After School Kids program and the Social Innovation and Public Service Fund, and has enjoyed being a mentor for DC nonprofit One Common Unity's Fly By Light program. She is passionate about issues of juvenile justice, prison reform, education, and the importance of spreading love and light through mentoring and building relationships with young people. Ali will  study abroad in South Africa for the Spring of her junior year, and looks forward to delving into current social justice issues in Cape Town while living there. 

Laura Dickinson is a junior in the College studying Biology of Global Health with a minor in Education, Inquiry and Justice, originally from Milton, Vermont. She can be found working at the Center for Social Justice through the After School Kids program or on duty for GERMS, where she is a crew chief and a driver. Laura is passionate about criminal justice reform, education, and emergency management. Laura plans to continue working in the field of education and hopes to one day obtain her paramedic and firefighter certifications. 

About the Award

The Davis 100 Projects for Peace are made possible by Kathryn Wasserman Davis, an accomplished internationalist and philanthropist. Upon the occasion of her 100th birthday in February of 2007, Mrs. Davis, mother of Shelby M.C. Davis who funds the Davis UWC Scholars Program, chose to celebrate by committing $1 million for one hundred Projects for Peace. As a Davis United World College Scholars Program partner school, Georgetown University through CSJ awards one student or a team of students $10,000 to implement a grassroots project anywhere in the world which promotes peace and addresses the root causes of conflict among parties.

Davis 100 Projects for Peace is an initiative for undergraduate students at Georgetown (a Davis United World College Scholars Program partner school) to design their own grassroots projects – anywhere in the world – which promote peace and address the root causes of conflict among parties. We encourage undergraduate applicants to use their creativity to design projects and employ innovative techniques for engaging participants in ways that focus on conflict transformation, reconciliation, building understanding and breaking down barriers which cause conflict, and finding solutions for resolving conflict and sustaining peace. One project from Georgetown will be selected for funding of $10,000. Applications are accepted from individual undergraduate students or from pairs or small groups of students. Seniors may apply. 

The application process for Summer 2017 is now closed. The Summer 2018 application cycle will open in September 2017. 

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to read about the Davis Projects for Peace in order to understand the challenge that Kathryn Wasserman Davis envisioned when she created this initiative. Questions about the process or the award application can be emailed to csjglobalimmersion@georgetown.edu.

The text of this application is available for your applicaton preparation in a read-only document available via Google Drive, accessible when you are logged into your Georgetown Google account, here.

To read about past 100 Projects for Peace awardees and their projects, click here.