The Mike Yarrow Peace Fellowship is a year-long program, but begins with an intensive training program for the Peace Fellows from June 26th through Tuesday, July 4, 2017. In addition, other training opportunities may be provided to the Peace Fellows throughout the remainder of the year, along with ongoing support from each other and from mentors.
The Intensive Summer training includes many of the elements of the prior Peace Activist Trainee program, but does so in a more concentrated 7-10 day “intensive”, providing approximately 56 or more “training hours”, compared with the roughly 64 hours in the 4 week PAT model (of which 22 hours were devoted to designing and executing a common project, which is omitted from this model). The shortened duration of the training makes it more accessible for youth from beyond Seattle.
The training has 2 components: 1) the “Seattle Component”, in Seattle, where the PAT training had been conducted; and 2) the “Seabeck Component” at the NW Regional FOR Seabeck Annual Conference on Hood Canal, where the training continues alongside the conference, allowing mingling with FOR conference attendees (seasoned activists) and making use of the workshop leaders and keynote speakers brought to that conference for specialized training with the Peace Fellows. Both components run all day and into the evening and involve at least some overnights, with chaperones.
The 2017 summer schedule for the Intensive Training, starts in Seattle on Monday, June 26th and finishes at the Seabeck conference center on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, with the transition day on Friday, June 30th.
The training includes activities such as:
- Guest speakers
- Nonviolence and movement building theory
- Campaign Development
- Community organizing
- Persuasion through narrative, identity; and story telling
- Strategy and Leadership Development
- Dealing with the “isms”
- Facilitation and group dynamics
After the Intensive Training the Peace Fellows are expected to work on their own project or campaign. The program provides ongoing support to the Peace Fellows by hosting Strategy Support Groups and by providing each Peace Fellow with at least one Mentor.
Strategy Support Groups
The Strategy Support Groups are designed to provide an opportunity for the Peace Fellows to support each other throughout the year, to hold each other accountable to their own goals, and to receive more training as appropriate to their needs.
Volunteer PAT alumni and other seasoned activists form a pool of Mentors. Each Peace Fellow chooses at least one Mentor, who stays in touch with the Peace Fellow and provides support and guidance to the Peace Fellow as s/he designs and executes his/her chosen project or campaign.