International Day of Peace

In the spring of 2015, Job Corps students decided to organize and take action around the issue of preventing youth violence in the United States. Youth 2 Youth:  Partners 4 Peace, or “Y2Y,” is a violence-prevention initiative created by and led by Job Corps students nationwide. Each year in the week leading up to International Day of Peace, the Y2Y Network across the nation celebrates. What follows is a pictorial view of the International Day of Peace event that the Excelsior Springs Job Corps and City of Grandview partnered to make possible.

Rapper Silento greets our Job Corps SGA and Y2Y students as he arrives.

Our JROTC students taking a selfie

There was a long line most of the morning as all the attendees got checked in for the official Guinness Book of World Records record setting event! We did a human formation of a peace and heart symbol for “Peace and Love” on the International Day of Peace.

Being briefed on the day’s events

Our admissions counselors pause for a quick picture with National Job Corps Director Lenita Jacobs-Simmons

The Eastern Clay County Rotary came out to help offer some sweets for International Day of Peace!

It took almost two hours to check everyone in!

A Grandview officer visiting with Minact CEO Major General Collins and Grandview Mayor Leonard Jones Junior

The Grandview School District was amazing by how quickly they agreed to being part of the event. Working with their team has been wonderful.

Grandview High School’s Color Guard and Band performed beautifully

The Grandview, MO Police Department is awesome! They were on board from the beginning to make International Peace Day a success for all of Grandview. So thankful to them for their kindness and presence at the event!

Our JROTC students always impress me

It was so heartwarming to see a sea of people all ready to celebrate peace together!

Excelsior Springs Job Corps Center Director Bill Allen welcomes the crowd at the International Day of Peace celebration at the Grandview Amphitheater

Our Job Corps leaders kick off the concert after the human formation was complete!

MINACT CEO Major General Collins speaks to the crowd

Job Corps National Director Lenita Jacobs-Simmons speaks to the students

The City of Grandview Mayor Leonard Jones, Jr. speaks to the students for the International Day of Peace celebration at the Grandview Amphitheater

Our Job Corps students had an opportunity to perform!

Motivational speaker Anthony Butler encouraged all the students to help be the peace that we need in this world.

Rapper UB Star had all the kids with their hands up jumping up and down!

Singer Silento was a HUGE hit with all the ages of those in attendance

Jett Blakk ended the day with some rockin tunes to further their rockin’ revolution!

Setting the Guinness Book of World Record for the largest human formation of Peace and Love for International Peace Day! Many thanks to the students at the Excelsior Springs Job Corps for coming up with the idea and the City of Grandview, Park’s and Rec, Police Dept, and School District for all they did to make this a success!

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