BRIDGES PeaceJam involves Mid-South young people from elementary through high school in studying the art of
peace by focusing on the lives and work of Nobel Peace Laureates.


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After 10 years, the relationship between BRIDGES and PeaceJam is coming to a close

For a decade, BRIDGES has been the host of the Mid-South Affiliate for PeaceJam, an international organization led by 11 Nobel Peace Laureates including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama, Jody Williams and Rigoberta Menchu Tum.


PeaceJam was brought to Memphis in 2001 by then-PeaceJam Coordinator Rody Thompson and BRIDGES President Jim Boyd. The first PeaceJam conference was held in 2002 and hosted by Nobel Peace Laureate Adolfo Perez Esquivel. Since that time, BRIDGES PeaceJam has worked with more than 2,000 youth and has welcomed Nobel Peace prize winners such as Betty Williams(2007), Rigoberta Menchu-Tum (2004, 2008, 2011), Mairead Corrigan Maguire (2005), Jody Williams (2003, 2009) and Jose-Ramos Horta(2006) and Shirin Ebadi (2010).



To find out more about PeaceJam, visit the Foundation site.  For all youth who have been part of PeaceJam and are still interested in working for justice in our community and in the world, check out our other programs.