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The New York

Graduate plan



Nonviolence International New York in partnership with the United Nations, Civil Society, and private sponsors offers an internship opportunity for college students interested in gaining experience in UN processes and implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the field. Entitled the Graduate Plan, our program intentionally directs its focus on developing youth to become the next generation of world changers and leaders. The Graduate Plan seeks to educate participants on the SDGs, diplomacy, methods and practices of nonviolence, and peacebuilding with the intention that this expertise will then be shared with local and international communities.

Operating as an internship opportunity, the Graduate Plan incorporates education, peacebuilding, and nonviolence into every action completed by our students. Using the United Nations-2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals as a guide, program participants will undergo specialized training before developing an individual workshop to share with New York City schools. In this way, students of the Graduate Plan train to be young leaders within Civil Society while also being actors of change in the New York metropolitan area and their home communities abroad. In the process of building individual workshops, internship participants will develop and refine leadership skills to be at the forefront of creating lasting and impactful solutions to global issues.

While recognizing the importance of every Sustainable Development Goal, the Graduate plan aligns specifically with Goal 4 under the theme of Quality Education, with particular emphasis on Target 4.7 and Indicator 4.7.1. Nonviolence International New York’s office specifically works toward achieving SDG 16 and 17, and will use the combination of these Goals as a core guiding force in

implementation of the Graduate Plan.  


The Graduate Plan operates under Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, Target 4.7, and Indicator 4.7.1 with the goal of accomplishing two fundamental objectives:


Promote the United Nations 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals in the field.


Implement peacebuilding through Nonviolent Action and Communication based workshops.


“We must learn peace and teach peace so that we can be peace and live in peace”   

 - Mattie J.T. Stepanek

Diplomatic Training:

Students of the Graduate Plan will study diplomacy directly from working diplomats in addition to exploring the Sustainable Development Goals proposed by the UN-2030 Agenda. Diplomatic Training will take place in United Nations Headquarters and Grounds Passes will be provided for all participants. Graduate Plan students will receive a certificate from the United Nations upon successful completion of their internship. 

Diplomatic Training will heavily focus on the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in addition to studying best practices for the Sustainable Development Goals to be implemented in society. 

Empowering youth is the core focus of the Graduate Plan. Student participants will be involved directly in Civil Society processes through training sessions, interactive activities, and dialogues with experts in multiple fields.

Field Training:

In addition to learning how to implement the values of the Sustainable Development Goals, students will be trained in peacebuilding, Nonviolent Action, and Nonviolent Communication. Trainings and values regarding the concept of nonviolence are the sole property and original authorship of Nonviolence International New York and have been carefully crafted through the organization’s own research.


Creation of Workshops

An overarching goal of the Graduate Plan is to empower youth leaders to take an active role in the betterment of local and international communities. The building of partnerships between students and their communities allows for greater opportunity to improve upon social development practices across multiple institutions. Participants of the Graduate Plan will accomplish these goals through applying their studies to the creation of teaching modules to be given and taught to educators throughout New York City.

Students will build learning modules for primary and secondary educators centered on the 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals, nonviolence, and building sustainable peace. The workshop’s curriculum will be entirely based off the content learned in Diplomatic and Field training. Through educating New York City students and educators, participants of the Graduate Plan will exemplify and encourage the social and political involvement of young people.

The sharing of student-created modules will help foster a local and international dialogue between teachers of varying locations to improve upon implemented practices. Implementation of these modules further accomplishes Target 4.7 and Indicator 4.7.1 under SDG 4, as well as SDG 16 and 17. In this way, the work completed by students of the Graduate Plan puts them at the forefront to creating lasting and impactful solutions to global issues.


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