Generation Peace Academy (GPA) is a youth program of the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity (HSA-UWC). The program is designed to motivate and empower young people:
- to discover God
- to cultivate personal identity
- to establish a Unificationist perspective
- to create a culture of heart
- to prepare for future success
GPA strives to help build a better world by preparing the leaders of tomorrow. Experiential learning provides the opportunity to stimulate character development, a heart to lead through service and an emphasis on developing faith and spiritual discipline.
When participants leave the program, they do so as a more mature individual. Through the changes they have brought upon themselves, GPA participants can become ambassadors for positive change for their families, towns, societies, and eventually the world.
GPA emphasizes the importance of creating a positive impact in the world. To do this, GPA concentrates its efforts on developing and improving the lives of participants so that they can become the change that Ghandi talked about:
One of the most effective ways to prompt internal growth in participants is through fundraising. Virtues such as perseverance, patience, and forgiveness can all be fostered through the act of fundraising. Fundraising also helps participants develop self-awareness and dignity in the face of rejection/hardship.
Character development is also fostered through consistent self-reflection. Through time set aside for individual reflection during workshops, and throughout the year’s activities participants are engaged in journal writing and discussion groups, to answer questions such as, “What are you learning through this current activity?” “How does Divine Principle apply to your current situation?” “Who do you want to be in the future?” or “What kind of person would you like to see within yourself?”
On a daily basis, our participants interact with many individuals of different backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures, and environments. In this way they can prepare themselves for the relationships they will have in our ever-more global world. Through this training, our members learn leadership qualities, and learn the tools needed to develop their own potential.
Through investing into others, GPA participants invest into themselves. They learn about their identity, the impact they can have on others, the value of teamwork in regards to a higher purpose, and the confidence to contribute to society’s needs.
Participants of the GPA program spend a portion of the year doing public service.
Before you go overseas as an GPA participant, you will be asked the question, “ Is this experience for us? Or is it for them (the people)?”. From that question you can come up with a lot of answers like: “ It is for us because the opportunity to go there and serve will most definitely grow my character!” or “Everything we do there is for the people, and for their lives to be easier.” but how many of you would say it was for God?
Many times our mentality when doing service is just “ work, work, work, give me work to do!”. We don’t see the true significance of service. Service isn’t measured by the sweat of our brow; it’s measured by your heart.
Let me just give you a small story.
Through experiences like this we come to see that our work overseas isn’t just about work it’s about healing. It’s about bringing God’s children together. I’m sure it’s difficult for God, as any parent would, to watch his children suffer from hunger, poverty and broken families. So that’s when we come in as the missing puzzle pieces for God to plug into the right spots. So when you’re asked the question “ is it for us? Or is it for them?” you can say, “ Yes it’s for them and us, but most importantly it’s for God. It is for him to finally see his children come together.”
One of the most effective ways to prompt internal growth in participants is through fundraising. Virtues such as perseverance, patience, and forgiveness can all be fostered through the act of fundraising. Fundraising also helps participants develop self-awareness and dignity in the face of rejection/hardship. GPA being a non-profit organization, fundraising financially supports our work.
GPA serves in developing countries to make an impact in the world and to deepen our hearts of gratitude and love. The challenge and adventure of overseas work can be a formative life changing experience for young people, and instill a deep desire to make a difference in the world. We travel to Asia, and South and Central America about nine times for service projects a year.
The value of Adventurous Training towards leadership, team cohesion and personal development is recognized by GPA. Adventure training adds an extra dimension to the life of participants. It provides challenge, a sense of achievement, excitement, variety, enjoyment, interest, contact with nature. Adventure training introduces new activities and provides opportunities to improve the skills and knowledge of those with previous experience.
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