Global Journeys for Young People to Build Peace

Reflection & Development

LOOKING BACK

How do you create peace? This question stands at the heart of ARK. War and violence come too easily. Bombs, guns, bullets, battleships ~ we human beings build and use them without a second thought. Creating peace, however, is much harder. The ARK Global Coordinators drafted this revised mission statement in 2016 to move them forward in their quest to become peace builders 2017 AND BEYOND.

Video by Mikaela O’Keefe

Architects – Relationships – Knowledge

ARK, an international FAMILY,
builds bridges of trust to promote peace.
Mission Statement 2016

This mission statement is central in defining the objectives for the two-week summits that have met twice in Guatemala, twice in Minnesota, once in Bethlehem and most recently in New York City, focused on the United Nations. Participants gathered to learn about the unique history of each country, the cultural, religious, socio-economic – political diversity that defines them and the current critical issues that need addressing NOW, TODAY! ARK countries are:

  • Cuba
  • Guatemala
  • Iran
  • Lithuania
  • Malawi
  • Palestine
  • Pakistan
  • United States (Minnesota & Harlem)

The purpose of the Mission Statement, “ARK, an international FAMILY builds bridges of trust to promote peace“, is a powerful reality. The relationships between a person and another human being is what creates and allows peace to take root and flourish. ARK is a FAMILY bonded together in their diversity to allow peace to flourish.

LOOKING FORWARD

ACTION AGENDA 2017 AND BEYOND

ARK will work with global partners to development ACTION AGENDA 2017 AND BEYOND with strategies and solutions that are urgently needed to build bridges of peace in their personal lives, families, communities, nations and the entire global family.

ARK Bridge artwork

THE ARK FAMILY IS TRAINED AND PREPARED
TO MEET THIS CHALLENGE AS THEY
WORK TOGETHER WITH OTHERS TO TRANSFORM
THEIR LIVES, FAMILIES, COMMUNITIES, SCHOOLS AND
WORKPLACES INTO PEACE ZONES.

    ARK V Photos
    June 2011
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