Youth Project

Yosemite Peace Symposium is engaging a new generation of Peace Makers through two youth projects. Symposium attendees will be impressed and inspired by these young people through the onsite art gallery of their works and the Spoken Word performance taking place during Friday’s luncheon. If you know a young person in the Yosemite area who is interested in contributing to this event, please share this information with them.


What does peace mean to you?
-A writing workshop for youth voices in action-

The Yosemite Peace Symposium Committee invites students ages 13-18 to participate in a spoken word/poetry writing workshop and reading.

Students will meet three to four times in September to develop a short piece about what peace means to them. Students will be invited to present their finished pieces at the Yosemite Peace Symposium on Friday, October 26 from 12-1:30pm.

The writing workshop will be led by Karen Urrutia Polnitz who holds a B.A. in Theater-Playwriting Emphasis from UC Santa Barbara and will help students develop ideas and refine their writing style. Students will be encouraged to explore a variety of writing formats, styles and prompts and include unique skills such as music or dance. A separate date will be announced for students to rehearse readings before the presentation on October 26.

Workshop Dates: 9/5, 9/12, 9/19 & 9/26, 4:30-5:30pm, New Community Methodist Church in Oakhurst, CA
Questions? Please contact Karen Polnitz at or (559) 760-4427
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Be a Piece of Peace
-Calling for art submissions from mountain area schools and students!-

The Yosemite Peace Symposium Committee is looking for art submissions from local schools and students for the First Annual Yosemite Peace Symposium to be held this October at Tenaya Lodge.

This year’s art theme is “Be a Piece of Peace” and challenges your art classes or students create a symbol of peace made out of puzzle pieces. Submissions can be in the form of a mural, painting, drawing or 3D installation and select works will be placed on display at the symposium event.

Our goal is to have art pieces that reflect a coming together of the “puzzle pieces” of our individual students into a diverse whole. We encourage you to design a larger concept and allow individual students or small groups to decorate or design their own puzzle pieces to compose the whole image.

Submissions are due October 12, 2018
Questions? Please contact Karen Urrutia at or (559) 760-4427
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