The IRC Peacemakers Program
- develops public speaking and leadership skills in refugee and immigrant youth
- provides opportunities for youth to share their personal stories through speaking engagements
- fosters multi-cultural understanding and raises awareness of issues affecting refugees and immigrants
In 2009, Madina and a small group of her peers founded the IRC Peacemakers program with the mission of raising awareness of the refugee experience by sharing their personal stories with the wider San Diego community. After receiving in depth public speaking training and skill development, Madina has grown into an accomplished and in-demand speaker. She has spoken to many high schools, universities, and community groups including SDSU, USD, UCSD, Warwick’s bookstore, PCI’s Walk for Water, and World Refugee Day at MoPA, sharing her story with over 5,000 people.
IRC Peacemaker Achievements
Countries represented by IRC Peacemaker members
|15||Languages spoken by IRC Peacemaker members|
|65||Presentations made by IRC Peacemaker members|
|7,000||People who have heard IRC Peacemakers presentations|
Peacemakers make an impression
“It was an inspiring and engaging event: the students sharing their experiences gave us such a poignant sense of what it means to be a refugee, and they did so with such charm and good-humor.” – Primo Vannicelli, Outreach Chair for UNA-SD (Refugee Roundtable, December 2010)
My Life as a Refugee Article by Kira Elliott, a student who saw the Peacemakers speak at Worldlink.
To learn more about the IRC Peacemakers Program or inquire about a speaking engagement, please contact Carolyn.Smyth@Rescue.org or +1 619 641 7510 x256.