Edwin was a senior at Newport High School in Bellevue in 2015. He has now graduated and has been admitted to Stanford University in California. During high school Edwin studied and practiced Nonviolent Communication (as formulated by the late Dr. Marshall Rosenberg) and conducted mediations using its concepts and techniques.
As a Peace Fellow, Edwin wanted to create an awareness of the benefits of nonviolent communication and emotional intelligence within his community and his peers by performing workshops, conducting social experiments and surveys to explore the emotional side of conflicts from the smallest to the largest level. As an athlete and avid tennis player who has competed at the interscholastic level, Edwin worked with the basketball team and the track team through workshops, social experiments and surveys to assess the impact of nonviolent communication and emotional intelligence on young athletes whose subculture has been focused on keeping emotions away from everyday life.
During his year as a MYPF Edwin conducted or co-led a half-dozen workshops and facilitated many additional group events, involving over 100 young people in transformational experiences that helped them apply the philosophy of nonviolence to everyday struggles and communications.
The FOR statement of purpose urges FOR members to “explore the power of love and truth for resolving human conflict”. Edwin is doing just that.
Edwin enjoyed the MYPF program in 2015 so much that he re-applied in 2016 and was again accepted, to continue his work on Nonviolent Communication at Stanford University. Of his 2015 experience, Edwin states:
“The biggest takeaways I have from this experience as a MYPF stem from my interest in nonviolent communication growing into a love that has expanded into various psychological areas that I believe could benefit the world…[and] continue my research on nonviolent communication as a continuation of what Marshall Rosenberg did in creating it. I’m also looking to create a greater nonviolent communication presence on my college campus…”