November 2017

Dear CISV Pittsburgh Member, Alumnus, Family or Friend,

CISV Pittsburgh students establish Global Minds, a weekly after-school program at Taylor Allderdice High School. ((Stephanie Strasburg/Post-Gazette)

CISV Pittsburgh students establish Global Minds, a weekly after-school program at Taylor Allderdice High School. ((Stephanie Strasburg/Post-Gazette)

Early life experiences shape the way we see the world. While wars and discord continue throughout the world, cross cultural understanding has become more important than ever. Through you or your family’s involvement with CISV Pittsburgh, you know firsthand how CISV uses peace education to inspire action for a more just and peaceful world.

Since CISV was founded in 1950, hundreds of young Pittsburghers have had life changing experiences by participating in CISV local, domestic and international programs and activities. In 2017 alone, we’ve had youth members participate CISV International programs and activities as far away as Indonesia, China, Italy and Sweden. Through these experiences, they’ve built lasting bonds with CISV members of in over 60 countries around the world.

 

CISV Pittsburgh hosts CISV Village for 71 participants from 15 countries. (June 2017)

CISV Pittsburgh hosts CISV Village for 71 participants from 15 countries. (June 2017)

This past summer, our local chapter hosted a CISV Village program where 53 youth and 18 leaders and staff from 15 countries came together in Pittsburgh to learn about each other’s lives and cultures and how to communicate, cooperate and live together. The 28-day program is an international camp designed to inspire 11-year-old children from across the world to imagine together a more just and peaceful world.

These programs and opportunities take much time and many resources. CISV Pittsburgh is run entirely by dedicated volunteers. As a current or former member of CISV Pittsburgh, we’d like to invite you and your family to stay involved in our mission of helping local youth mature into more culturally conscious and compassionate adults. Please consider supporting our Pittsburgh chapter with a monetary donation, in-kind donation or by volunteering your time. And please join us for local activities in our community, like participating in World Refugee Day or International Peace Day Project.

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We hope your participation in CISV Pittsburgh has helped shape your future or the future of someone close to you. Please help us continue to make an impact locally and globally by educating and inspiring actions to create a more just and peaceful world.

Sincerely,
Kathleen Knauer
CISV Pittsburgh Chapter President, 2017-18