Media Advisory, Chicago South Side Youth Talk Peace with Middle East Youth

October 5, 2015

Attn: Assignment editors; crime, urban affairs and education reporters; and sports desks.

Chicago South Side Youth Talk Peace with Middle East Youth
Students from Perspectives/IIT Math & Science Academy (Chicago) and King’s Academy (Jordan) connect via Skype to discuss peace activism around the globe

WHAT: Students at Perspectives/IIT Math & Science Academy (MSA)—one of five campuses in the Perspectives Charter Schools network—are extending the I Am For Peace Movement by participating in a live Peace Talk via Skype with Jordanian student peers from King’s Academy near Amman, Jordan on Tuesday, October 6, 2015.

Students from each school will discuss their respective community activism to promote peace around the globe in a cross-cultural dialogue. This is an initial conversation in a planned series of international student Peace Talks.

“We are excited to connect our young ethical leaders here at Perspectives to their peers in international settings like the Middle East to broaden their understanding of local and global peace activism,” said MSA teacher Daniel Alter. “From these online international exchanges we expect the students to gain a better understanding of the history of their regional conflicts that will lead to deeper empathy and actionable solutions for peace.”

At Perspectives, students learn to be socially aware and academically prepared through the A Disciplined Life social emotional learning education model, which uses 26 principles to help students develop positive self-perception, healthy relationships, and tools for productivity.

WHO: A dozen of high-school students from Perspectives/IIT Math & Science Academy (Chicago) and King’s Academy (Jordan).

WHEN: Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. (CDT) / 5:30 p.m. (AST). There will be opportunities to interview Chicago participants before and after event.

Perspectives/IIT Math & Science Academy
3663 S. Wabash Ave, Chicago IL 60653
Room 316

About Perspectives Charter Schools
Founded in 1997 by two public school teachers, Perspectives Charter Schools is a network of open enrollment public schools across the South Side of Chicago, serving nearly 2,200 students. Perspectives educates students for college and prepares them for life. At Perspectives, the A Disciplined Life education model combines academic rigor with a focus on character development. Despite coming from some of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in Chicago, Perspectives students graduate from high school, enroll in college, and persist towards graduation at rates above the national average for all students, regardless of background. Learn more at pcsedu.org.

About King’s Academy
King's Academy is a not-for-profit, coeducational boarding and day high school (grades 9 to 12) that provides a comprehensive Advanced Placement curriculum. Learn more at kingsacademy.edu.jo.

Media contact: David Terry at dterry@pcsedu.org | 312-604-2142 or Shayla Butler at sbutler@pcsedu.org | 708-516-7828.