Project COMMON BOND brings together teens, ages 15-20, from around the world who share a ‘common bond’ — the loss of a family member due to an act of terrorism, violent extremism or war. Launched in 2008, Project COMMON BOND has created an international community of teenagers and young adults from 20 nations and territories.
Participants in our summer symposium and yearlong webinars engage in a dialogue of healing and community building, collaborate to promote the dignity of all, and learn conflict negotiation and peace-building skills, all to create positive change in their lives and communities.
Participating countries include Algeria, Argentina, Croatia, England, France, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Kenya, Liberia, Morocco, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Pakistan, Palestine, Russia, Spain, Sri Lanka and the United States, with additional countries engaged for long-distance learning.
“At the age of 9, my eyes were forever opened to the cruel reality of terrorism. Thank you for all the financial support that enabled me to participate in Project Common Bond. I have made lifelong friendships. I have learned about the complexities of other cultures. Most importantly, I have shared my tragedy and I have shared my hopes and dreams of making a profound difference in this world, not only in honor of my father, but out of responsibility to myself.” -Courtney, Project Common Bond participant