Tag: youth leadership

Luminari Alums Bring Light to Our World

Lumos May 2019 Light in this World

By Ilene Hurwitz Schwartz, Principal, HIS Consultants and Luminari Board Member and Alumni Relations Adviser While we weren’t looking, Luminari turned ten this year! It goes without saying that Founder Hilda Pang Fu’s brainchild lit a spark in 2009 that

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The Resilience of Free Speech

A comment by Louis B. Schwartz “We should welcome the Communist Party of China to the cacophonous marketplace of ideas that defines American democracy and wish them luck competing. It may strengthen China, as it has strengthened us. Tolerating the

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Teen Ambassadors in their Own Words

Owen Chaffin: I have learned so many new things about diplomacy this week. From seeing first hand how Embassies and Ambassadors operate, learning from simulations about conflicts and situations that others face and getting to know and understand people with

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My first year as a Teaching Assistant

by Nikki Wall, I Want to be an Ambassador!, Teaching Assistant In June 2017, my career aspirations were about to reach an important crossroads. As a sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh, I was extremely eager to gain real-work experience

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A Case for Diplomacy

Why Diplomacy Matters By Louis Schwartz ​In the early morning hours of January 13, a text message alert warning of an incoming ballistic missile attack instantly shattered the tranquility of our 50th State. During those unimaginably horrifying 40 minutes of widespread panic, before the erroneous text message was rescinded, terrified Americans and others from around the world most likely concluded that those ballistic

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Luminari Announces Ilene Hurwitz Schwartz as Director of Operations

Each year we are given the opportunity to take stock and give thanks for the many blessings in our lives – family, friendships, good health and good fortune. At Luminari, we are especially grateful for all of the positive, talented

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Luminari Award Competition 2018

Are you the one among your friends who likes to discuss world events? Are you the student who works to bridge the gap between those with differing opinions? Are you fascinated with how diplomats work to make the world a

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Teen Ambassador Jeramaya on the keys to diplomacy

By Jeramaya Gramby, Teen Ambassador 2017 Luminari has taught me that there are many forms of diplomacy, including negotiation skills, gift giving, being welcoming and being open to new ideas. It showed me the true meaning of diplomacy, and helped me

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Teen Ambassador Sean on youth leadership

By Sean Graves, Teen Ambassador 2017 “Whatever you are, be a good one.” – Abraham Lincoln This quote pertains to every single one of us in this room, both campers and adults. My fellow campers and I are interested in

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Teen Ambassador Jaiden on exploring the world

By Jaiden Mazefsky, Teen Ambassador 2017 As a 16-year-old girl, I have not traveled to very many places around the globe. I have not been overseas and have not yet experienced the world outside the United States. Of course, I

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