Genesis Academy Summer Institute

Pilot for 20 international students in Chicago

The Genesis Academy Summer Institute began in 2015 bringing together pre-university Chicago students, ages 15-19, to join with others from conflict and post-conflict zones. They live and learn together in four curricular areas: heroes and human rights, music and peacebuilding, environmental sustainability and peace journalism. Ultimately these four programmatic areas will grow into four-year curricula that cumulatively build along with online product in human rights, environmental sustainability and peace journalism to be distributed worldwide.

The students meet with thought leaders, activists, and artists, and participate in an array of experiential learning opportunities and field studies to examine forces that come to play in cycles both perpetuating and dismantling conflict. With the arts thread throughout the program, students work in experimental theater, improvisational comedy and creation, professional recording and performance of music whose lyrics and score they write together. Additionally, they work in disciplines of photography, documentary film, literary and culinary arts – all to explore their individual voice, collective humanity and the daunting issues we all face here in Chicago and as a global community.

WBEZ/NPR’s Worldview featured the 2017 Genesis Academy Summer Institute

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Supported by: The Chicago Community Trust Centennial Fund, Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, Ed-Ventures,
Rotary International, The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Foundation,
Garnetta Kramer Charitable Trust and many individuals and family foundations.

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