As Hands of Peace alumni, you are compassionate, courageous and curious. You have a deep desire to make a difference, and you have a passion for social change. But how do you do that? Where do you start? And what are the possibilities?  

Pathways to Action is a powerful toolkit, a critical next step in your journey as an agent of change. This training launches you from personal transformation into community action so you can influence the issues you care about with the greatest impact. Designed specifically for Hands of Peace alumni by Karen Henken, a professor at the Joan B. Kroc School School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego, Pathways to Action is a two-part curriculum that includes a stand-alone four-week Design Thinking course, followed by an optional 10-week Social Entrepreneurship course. Henken brings over 25 years of startup wisdom, global business development skills and her passion for social change to this workshop series. These workshops are for Hands of Peace Alumni only ages 21+ and are relevant for each of our delegations. 


March 20, 27, April 3 and April 10, 2021 at 7:00 pm I/P/11:00 am CST/9:00 am PST. Each session is 2 hours. 

Open your imagination to new ideas with this deep dive into the design thinking fundamentals, unlocking your potential to create effective and sustainable solutions. Design thinking is a powerful and transformative process to help you better assess and understand problems, and approach designing solutions in new ways. These sessions will be interactive and much of the work will be done in teams. In these team-based projects, you will be using the same dialogue, listening and negotiation skills you learned during your Hands of Peace experience. Important: You do not need to have an idea or project in mind to start. After completing all four two-hour sessions, you will receive a signed certificate and be eligible to join the Social Entrepreneurship workshop series. 


May 15, 22, 29, June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 3, 10, 17, 2021 at 7:00 pm I/P/11:00 am CST/9:00 am PST. Each session is 2.5 hours. 

Learn how to put your vision into action by identifying problems and creating specific and tangible solutions related to key social issues and needs in your community or region. As you design and test your concept and challenge your assumptions, you will connect with experienced coaches and mentors, creating valuable connections for your personal or team projects in the US, Israel and/or Palestine. You will also hear from a variety of guest speakers, leaders and innovators in the field that support your social entrepreneurship vision. You will then present your concept in a final pitch session.  




Faced with a global pandemic, political unrest and social upheaval, life as a change leader has never been more critical – and stressful. How do you stop the world from wearing you down? Using the Community Resiliency Model (CRM), licensed therapist Jo-ann Rosen, MA, LMFT, will provide you with a deeper understanding of the human nervous system. You will master the skills you need to keep it in top condition in the face of toxic stress and everyday adversity. What you learn in this three-part workshop will help you identify and access your strengths for success and confidence and is relevant for any age group or culture. All sessions are two hours and start at 7:00 pm I/P / 11:00 am CST / 9:00 am PST. There is a suggested fee of $15 for the three sessions for those who have the ability to pay.

Session 1 on Saturday, February 20, 2021, will introduce the nervous system, and how the body-mind connection can bring a sense of wellbeing, creating a healthier nervous system and boosting its immunity.

Session 2 on Sunday, February 21, 2021, will continue to offer critical tools and move into a focus on how to re-regulate your nervous system when out of balance.

Session 3 on Saturday, March 6, 2021, will show you how to cope when you’re with others who are sad, angry and frustrated.



September 2021


October 2021



U.S. Alumni Seminar

December 19 – 21, 2020

The first U.S. Alumni Seminar, December 19-21, is now over. American alumni brought their hearts, minds, and souls to the virtual seminar – reuniting with old friends and meeting with other alumni to talk about building a better future in this time of social isolation and political polarization.  Listen to Josh, 2013 – 2014 and Max, 2009 – 2010 talk about the impact Hands of Peace has had on their lives during the Alumni Panel.


If you attended the U.S. Alumni Seminar, please tell us what you thought about the seminar with this survey.

If you have any questions, please email Hands of Peace Outreach Coordinator Maeve Plunkett: