“Kids Creating Peace” (KCP) is a non-profit educational organization, offering personal development and empowerment programs for youth, focusing on meetings between Israeli and Palestinian youth, Jews and Arabs. The meetings are structured to convey educational lessons using simple messages implemented via fun games and activities on leadership, dialogue and conflict resolution.
The organization puts an emphasis on a practical educational experience with no political content.
The Association's flagship project, "Youth Creating Peace" is intended to empower youth and train future leaders to accept and respect others out of a sense of human dignity and self-competence. KCP's unique approach is based on the notion that learning deep transformational concepts as well as actively creating and working together, has a major impact on a productive youth dialogue.
Founded in 2006 by Karen Berg, founder of the Kabbalah Centre, the organization receives support from the US government (as part of the foreign aid program of the USAID foundation) and other institutions and government bodies around the world. The contents are based on the 'Game of Life' educational program, which gained a commendation from the International Rand Institute for its international implementation by the SFK organization, teaching life skills programs for children and youth around the world.
In KCP, youth form Israel and the Palestinian Authority come together to share experiences with the aim of stronger communication and self-empowerment. The meetings focus on breaking the walls of fear and prejudice between the youth, and in return convey a message of hope and friendship.
The purpose of the meetings is to provide all young participants with practical tools to build inner strength, resilience and internalise the basic principles of tolerance and human brotherhood. Through the activities they learn about themselves, ways to overcome various challenges and to maximize their own potential. The organization's educational processes are being implemented around the world and aim to develop life skills, emotional intelligence and a sense of value and self-esteem among youth.
In recent years, "Kids Creating Peace" has been implementing the association's dialogue program, in which young people get to know the 'other side', find common grounds and learn about the importance of respect and human dignity towards others. This unique approach aims towards finding common grounds between us as people and as teenagers. The youths discover that despite the differences in language, religion, nationality and culture, we all share the same basic aspirations and desires to exercise a happy and successful life and fulfil our dreams. Through learning, experiencing and working together, the participants learn to overcome fears and stereotypes, create a dialogue through active listening, and develop promoting dialogue and communications skills, out of a sense of respect for themselves and others.
At KCP we believe that the path to a child's inner world begins with a good example, which is why all KCP teachers, tutors and instructors involved in the process commit to a way of life of self-responsibility and personal development, and implement the program's content themselves
To date, more than 10,000 youths took part in the project; from Israel and the Palestinian Authority, among various groups: children and teenagers from different cultures and different religions in Israel, new immigrants and native citizens, Israeli and Palestinian youth and more.
The organization's programs have been implemented and are being implemented in collaboration with schools and youth groups in the localities of: Jerusalem, Holon, Ramat Gan, Tel Aviv, Nazareth, Zarzir, Petah Tikva, Rehovot, Barkai, Rosh Ha'ayin, Taybeh, Lod, Ramle, Tira, Abu Snan, Dalyat Al Carmel, Tel Aviv, Beit Hanina, Hizma, Shuafat, Shoham, Bethlehem, Ramallah, Anta, Mevasseret Zion, Har Adar, Ella valley communities and many more.