Raise Your Hand Spotlight: Caitlin Golub / Seeds of Peace

unnamedWe are excited to feature Caitlin Golub with Seeds of Peace in our Raise Your Hand campaign! A huge thanks to Caitlin and Seeds of Peace for their support! Join in our annual campaign to reach $20K (matched for a total of $40K) by posting your own picture with your hand raised to our Facebook page and donating here.

Caitlin Golub was one of our outstanding summer interns at OB Peacebuilding, and we are proud to say that following her internship, Caitlin went to work as an Online Fundraising and Engagement Associate at Seeds Of Peace, an organization dedicated to youth and peacebuilding. Seeds of Peace, having worked in 27 countries and currently focused on the Middle East, South Asia and the United States, brings together youth and educators from divided societies around the world and focuses on relationship-building and on the core leadership capacities needed to advance peace.

Interview with Caitlin

What do you like most about your role at Seeds of Peace?

My favorite thing about this position is that I get to interact daily with such a vast network/community of people who all share similar goal as myself – yet from different perspectives from different cultures and societies. Each day I get the opportunity to learn, and view things in a way I may not have previously.

How are you able to apply what you’ve learned at OB Peacebuilding to your current work?

My time with OB Peacebuilding provided me a solid foundation to walk into this position, such as the inner workings of a non-profit environment, how to multitask, and the ability to quickly switch from one task to another with haste and concentration. It was also beneficial that my time at OB Peacebuilding was spent focusing primarily on programming, and different methods of outreach and highlighting the importance of the programs, which is a task I complete daily here at SOP.

Is there a recent example of transformation by youth participants that stands out?

Given the magnitude of the conflict this summer – the challenges we faced (and worked overtime to overcome) this summer at camp – we were incredibly humbled and moved when we learned that two weeks ago, Seeds from both sides of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict held a reunion in Jerusalem!

What does peace mean to you?

Peace to me represents safety–the ability to be who you are without fear of violence, repression, or judgment. If we are too afraid to be who we truly believe we are meant to be, then we are prevented from leaving our own mark in this world. Everyone has a difference to make, be it large or small, and we need to create a world where individuals are able to do this freely. It’s the only way to break the cycle of violence that surrounds us.