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In this episode of “Live Local, Give Local” listeners enjoy a great conversation between Dave Mason, the Host, this episode’s co-host, Sharon Goodson, and Diana Kutlow, the Director of Development at Hands of Peace.

Hands of Peace is an organization that aims to promote peace and understanding among Israeli, Palestinian, and American youth through dialogue. Diana shares the story of how the organization was founded in the aftermath of 9/11, driven by the desire to bring people together and find nonviolent means of change. The program, which brings together young people from different backgrounds, encourages them to listen to each other’s personal stories and experiences, fostering empathy and understanding.

Hear Diana talk about her personal passion for peace and justice studies, her journey to becoming part of Hands of Peace, and the organization’s focus on grassroots peace-building. She emphasizes the importance of dialogue and facilitation in the program, allowing the youth to learn from one another without dictating any specific narrative. Additionally, she discusses the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the organization’s innovative response with virtual programs.

Listen as Diana further highlights Hands of Peace’s impact on its young participants, who go on to become advocates for change in their communities, addressing issues like domestic violence and social inequalities. Diana stresses the significance of collaboration with other nonprofits and communities in San Diego, showcasing the ripple effect of the program’s positive influence.

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