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PCV Speaker Series: A Resilient Response to Genocide


Thu 06 / 20 / 2024
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM


Potomac Community Center
Falls Road
Potomac MD 20854

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 PCV Speaker Series: A Resilient Response to Genocide
The Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda:  A Resilient Response to Genocide

The Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village (ASYV) in Rwanda is a post-genocide high school for more than 500 orphaned and vulnerable youth.  ASYV was modeled after Yemin Orde, an Israeli youth village established in 1953 to care for orphans of the Holocaust.   This talk will focus on the experiences of our speaker, Phyllis Lerner, during 7 semesters spent in this village, since 2016.  

About our speaker: Phyllis Lerner has been a faculty associate with the Johns Hopkins University School of Education - Teach For America program since 2009. Her background includes work at the California State Department of Education’s Title IX Office and the Los Angeles Educational Equity Center. In her early years of teaching, she was the USA delegate leader to the Children's International Summer Village (CISV) in Sweden. Since then, Phyllis has continued to spiral back to global education efforts including 6 more years with CISV; in Mumbai, India, the area made famous in the film Slumdog Millionaire; in western Thailand's Burmese refugee camps with American Jewish World Service; and in Rwanda. 

All are welcome to attend this free and open-to-all talk.  
Members who need transportation should indicate that they need a ride when they register.  If you are able to offer a ride, please let us know about that as well. 
A note on donations: Admission to this program is free, but we welcome your support of PCV with a donation at any level to help us continue to offer free programs and events to our wider community.  
Thank you to Joan for arranging for this speaker for us.