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Global Youth Initiative is enhanced by guidance from global leaders, nonprofit organizations, corporations, and foundations that have made a commitment to support our young people in standing up to the most intractable challenges within their communities, and in turning their inspiration and ideas into action.
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
—Mother Teresa
“Every child is born the same way, not as a conflict of color but as a human being with a role to play on the planet. So we rejoice and do everything to make the future of that child be the best.”
—Angelique Kidjo, Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter, Founder of the Batonga Foundation, and SNV Advisory Board Member
“When we help the poorest of nations cultivate economic opportunity and hope, we move closer to a world of stability and peace for us all.”
—The Honorable Tom Ridge, Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security
“I appreciate any organization or individual people who sincerely make an effort to promote harmony between humanity, and particularly harmony between the various religions. I consider it very sacred work and very important work.”
—His Holiness the Dalai Lama
“Informing the youth at an early age on important global issues, engaging them in the democratic process, and encouraging them to vote is critical for creating a world where peace prevails.”
—Rosario Dawson, Actress, Singer, Writer, and Producer
“Amity is better than enmity, conciliation is better than confrontation, dialogue is better than deadlock, harmony is better than discord, love is better than hatred, peace is better than war, tolerance is better than impatience, understanding is better than conflict, unity is better than division or dissidence and sacrifice is better than demand.”
—Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi, Muslim Leader and Chief Imam of India