3 December 2019 – Washington/DC: Generations For Peace Development and Partnerships Director and US Representative, Lindsay McClain Opiyo, has been awarded a prestigious 2020 Gratitude Network Fellowship in support of Generations For Peace scaling its peacebuilding efforts in the United States. The Gratitude Network Fellowship is a 12-month leadership development programme designed to help social entrepreneurs serving children and youth to scale their organizations to the next level and therefore expand their impact. McClain Opiyo was selected from a pool of 1,200 global applicants and is one of 30 Fellows from 11 countries.
The announcement was made today in an article in Forbes, a leading global media company focused on business and entrepreneurship. In doing so, the Gratitude Network and Forbes have promoted Generations For Peace as a worthy cause for donations on “Giving Tuesday,” an annual day that encourages people to do good and support charities.
The fellowship recognises Generations For Peace’s and McClain Opiyo’s demonstrated innovation, outstanding leadership and potential to scale GFP’s unique approach of grassroots peacebuilding that positively impacts in-need children and youth. Throughout 2020, the fellowship will support McClain Opiyo to execute Generations For Peace’s US expansion efforts, namely developing new programming, outreach, advocacy and fundraising activities that further cement the Jordan-based non-profit as a thought leader in peacebuilding.
Generations For Peace Chief Executive Officer Mark Clark said: “We are extremely grateful for the support of the Gratitude Network in awarding this Fellowship to Lindsay. As we look to expand our advocacy, thought leadership and programming in the USA, the expert development support is going to be extremely valuable and perfect timing. And to be featured in Forbes is already a sign of the power of the Gratitude Network and how it can enhance the reach and impact of our work.”
Fellowship recipient McClain Opiyo said, “It is an honour to be named a 2020 Gratitude Fellow. This leadership and organisational development opportunity is coming at the perfect time as my colleagues and I are deepening Generations For Peace’s engagement in the United States. I look forward working with the Gratitude Network’s esteemed coaches, expert advisors and fellows as I accelerate Generations For Peace’s peacebuilding efforts with children and youth in America. Generations For Peace’s motto is #PassItOn, and through this opportunity we will surely impact more children and youth in more places, in the United States and around the world.”
Generations For Peace is a leading global non-profit peacebuilding organisation with its global headquarters in Amman, Jordan and an office in the United States. Over the last 12 years, Generations For Peace has trained and mentored more than 12,500 volunteer leaders of youth to lead change to address local issues of conflict and violence in their own communities, positively impacting the lives of more than 647,000 children, youth and adults in 51 countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe and United States. Founded by HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein of Jordan in 2007, Generations For Peace is currently ranked “#29 in the Top 500 NGOs in the World” by NGO Advisor, making it the #3 Peacebuilding NGO in the world, and the top-ranked NGO in the Arab world.
McClain Opiyo, who joined GFP in 2016, became the Generations For Peace’s first-ever US-based staff member in June 2019, playing a central role in GFP opening an office in the heart of the peacebuilding community in the US Capital, and kicking off its youth violence prevention programming in Chicago in partnership with the Gary Comer Youth Center.
Donations can be made to Generations For Peace online at https://www.gfp.ngo or mailed by check to Generations For Peace Inc, 1800 Massachusetts Ave NW, Ste 401, Washington, DC 20036, USA. Generations For Peace is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit in the United States, with EIN number 46-1577158. Gifts may be tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
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