Jacob Toll's extensive involvement with the young leadership of Seeds of Peace began in 2007, after his first summer as a counselor at Camp. He has worked in a variety of arenas to broaden awareness and support for the organization through numerous events and several outreach opportunities. Specifically, Jake spear headed the “Peace Market” and “Stand Up for Peace" during the recession and kept those events relevant in following years, leading up to the present. These events were annual affairs bringing young professionals in New York City together in support for Seeds of Peace.
He has also been a key advocate in creating lasting partnerships with other like-minded organizations and participants in our programs. More recently, Jake hasbecome a proponent of our Expanded U.S. Program, which aims to tackle issues of Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, racism, & xenophobia here at home. Before becoming a real estate developer in Brooklyn, he earned an MSW (Social Work) from New York University in 2008.
Seeds of Peace has been actively working towards creating a camp dialogue program that will bring together diverse religious, racial, and ethnic populations from select cities around the U.S. including NYC, LA, and Chicago. The new program seeks to address issues of religious difference, racism, socio-economic status, and other forms of prejudice that are present in the national conversation. The American Program model on which the Expanded Program is based has shown great successes in the past, especially because of our capability to reach US participants and partners.
About Seeds of Peace: Seeds of Peace inspires and cultivates new generations of global leaders in commuities divided by conflict. They equip them with the skills and relationships they need to accelerate social, economic, and political changes essential for peace.
Since 1993, Seeds of Peace has set the standard in international peace-building by providing exceptional young people and educators from regions of conflict with an otherwise impossible opportunity to meet their historic enemies face-to-face at our International Camp in Maine.
They build on their extraordinary and critical relationships and understanding through year-round local programs that focus on the core leadership capacities needed to advance peace. There are now over 6,000 Seeds and Educators from 27 countries who prove that solutions exist, peace is possible, and there is reason to have hope for a better future.