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Mike Yarrow 1940-2014

The WWFOR runs the Mike Yarrow Peace Fellowship (MYPF), a year-long Fellowship that includes a Fellowship Grant and a multi-day intensive training for high school and college students, ages 14-23.  

Learn about prior Peace Fellows:  2015 Peace Fellows;   2016 Peace Fellows  2017 Peace Fellows; 2018 Peace Fellows

Application Deadline for 2019 is June 1, 2019.

Call Janis or Bruce Pruitt-Hamm at

206-466-2924 (landline)

  or email bpruitthamm@gmail.com

for further information and to submit your application.

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The MYPF was founded by former Peace Activist Trainees (PAT’s) and PAT parents to honor Mike Yarrow, WWFOR’s previous Organizer who died at the age of 74 from cancer on June 2, 2014. Mike founded the PAT program in 2000 with his wife Ruth, and provided key leadership to it for its 14 years of existence, offering training in nonviolent direct action and community organizing to nearly 100 graduates.   

Like the PAT program, the MYPF endeavors to recruit and train high school and college age youth in the theory and practice of active nonviolence on issues of environmental sustainability, peace and social justice in the traditions of Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi. The MYPF program includes an Intensive Training program to “kick-start” an effort by each Yarrow Peace Fellow in the subsequent year to engage in a nonviolent campaign or project of their choice with mentors and further resources. Applicants may choose their topic of interest and then receive financial and other support and guidance in how to take action on that issue. 

This year the Intensive Training will take place from June 27th to July 1st, primarily at the Seabeck Conference Center on Hood Canal, in conjunction with the 62nd Annual NW Regional FOR Conference.  Subsequently, throughout the program year there will be additional online training opportunities. The more training is attended, the more the stipend will be.  The MYPF is run by Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation (WWFOR).

Fellows learn about environmental, peace and justice issues, nonviolent movement building, and gain skills such as public speaking, group leadership, media development, conducting surveys, public relations, outreach, and lobbying. The Fellows meet individual activists, visit organizations, are introduced to current hot issues, and are mentored by experienced activists, public figures, and community organizers from the Seattle area and beyond.  Applicants are accepted from all over the country and are especially encouraged to apply from Washington State. We cannot offer housing, but may assist in finding housing and other assistance during the Intensive Training for those not living in the Seattle area.