Nuclear Free World Committee

Youth Peace Award

An impressive group of high school students and two outstanding individual students will receive the Syracuse Peace Council Nuclear Free World Youth Award this year.


When: Monday June 4, 2018, 7:00pm
Where: ArtRage Gallery 505 Hawley Ave., Corner of N. Crouse Ave. in Syracuse
Who: Syracuse Students for Change (including city and suburban high school students); Grace
Getman from Christian Brothers Academy; and Hussein Hassan from Henninger High School.
What: Celebration, student presentations, refreshments
Why: The work of these students makes war and destruction of our people and planet less likely.


Grace Getman is a senior at Christian Brothers Academy. As a mentor with the Girl Ambassadors for Human Rights of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, her activism includes supporting the women’s movement, preserving the environment, encouraging cultural exchanges with native peoples and assisting impoverished individuals in connecting with legal services.


Arriving in the United States in August, 2014, Hussein Hassan is now a senior at Henninger High School. The main focus of his activism is the reduction of violence caused by racism and discrimination. He is involved in the North Side Learning Center, Seeds of Peace, and voter registration efforts.


Syracuse Students for Change is an organization of high school students who came together after witnessing the tragedies at high schools just like our own. These students were outraged by the news downplaying the horrific events and the normalizing of our society's attitude towards mass shootings. The group started as local students and activists planning events in their own schools and joined together in planning the March For Our Lives. Members of the organization are self- proclaimed activists with a passion for issues that plague and affect our community. This group of young people is committed to spreading awareness and preventing gun violence in Syracuse.



The Nuclear-Free World Committee of the Syracuse Peace Council, formerly Peace Action of CNY, has presented awards to local peace activists for many years. We began recognizing young peace activists 16 years ago. We have awarded high school students in Onondaga County who have shown a devotion to peace, justice, and protecting the environment and who have engaged in activities that demonstrate their passion to work on the underlying causes of war, violence, and injustice. We hope this recognition helps young people to intensify their commitment to peace and justice in our communities, in our country, and in our world.