Sam Bailey and Katy Spencer, both juniors at Mercer Island High School, were recently named as recipients of the Mike Yarrow Peace Fellowship for 2017-2018. The fellowship provides a monetary grant to recipients, along with training and mentorship to develop a social justice campaign or project of their choice for the year.
This year’s fellowship was granted to 14 students from across the country. Bailey and Spencer, who are also the co-founders of the MIHS ACLU Club, will be conducting their year-long fellowship project in the study of “Implicit Racism and Police Brutality.”
The Mike Yarrow Peace Fellowship selects high school and college aged students in order to encourage the theory and practice of active nonviolence on issues of peace and social justice in the traditions of Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi. Fellows learn about peace and justice issues, nonviolent movement building, and gain skills such as public speaking, group leadership, media development, conducting surveys, public relations, outreach and lobbying.
The MYPF is run by Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation in partnership with the Abe Keller Peace Education Fund.