“We Walk Together” at Red Rocks Community College

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“We Walk Together” at Red Rocks Community College
Colorado youth are inspiring change with help from a Nobel Peace Prize winner

LAKEWOOD, CO - Nobel Peace Prize winner, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, will join hundreds of Colorado youth, educators, and community partners at Red Rocks Community College on March 16 and 17 for the PeaceJam Rocky Mountain Youth Leadership Conference and Community Gathering. The event, titled We Walk Together, will engage 3rd through 12th grade students, college mentors, community leaders, and partners, in inviting the Colorado community to walk together to create a more unified approach to solving the problems we face.

The weekend will include leadership training, a service project in partnership with The GrowHaus, a community gathering with local leaders, student and Native American youth dance performances, and a world peace flag ceremony to begin the “We Walk Together” campaign for Colorado.

The guest of honor, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, is an indigenous Guatemalan woman of the K'iche' ethnic group. Menchú has dedicated her life to securing the rights of Guatemala's indigenous peoples including fair wages and protection of their land. She received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992 for her continuing efforts to achieve social justice and mutual reconciliation in Guatemala, and continues to work to support indigenous and women’s rights worldwide. “The people are the only ones capable of transforming society.”- Rigoberta Menchú Tum

Conference attendees will hear Rigoberta Menchú Tum discuss ways we can all walk together to create a better world. Students will present projects to a panel of local experts, meet students from other schools, cultures and backgrounds, and speak about issues that are important to them in a safe environment. Educators and adult advisors will participate in professional development sessions and workshops with meaningful dialogue that guides them to inspire their students to address the issues they face in a unique way.

The PeaceJam Foundation has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize nine times. With twenty-three years of experience around the world, award-winning curriculum, and annual conferences, PeaceJam’s mission is to create young leaders committed to positive change in themselves, their communities, and the world through the inspiration of Nobel Peace Laureates. Learn more at peacejam.org.

More about Red Rocks Community College:  Established in 1969, Red Rocks Community College delivers high-quality, affordable education programs leading to two-year degrees or professional certificates. The college serves over 13,000 students per year online and at campus locations in Lakewood and Arvada.  www.rrcc.edu.

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Monday, March 11, 2019