California Global Youth Peace Summit

Uniting youth from all over the world to create a community of inspired and empowered youth leaders.

California Global Youth Peace Summit

 Sponsor A Youth

Approximately 85% of the youth who attend the Global Youth Peace Summit require scholarships to attend.  They would not be able to have this unique, transformational, and healing experience without the generosity of people like you.  It costs $700 to sponsor a youth for the Global Youth Peace Summit. Every donation, $10, $25, $50, $200, is received with gratitude.


Volunteer Applications

Thank you for your interest and willingness to offer your service in support of this global community project.  The Summit offers opportunities for personal growth through humanitarian service. We practice a quality of service that is given free of expectation and attachment. We show up willing to grow and be impacted. Regardless of background, we approach one another as brother and sister, human to human.

There are a limited number of spaces for on-site volunteers; unfortunately, not all who apply can be accomodated.

PLEASE NOTE: Preference will be given to volunteers from California. 

Thank you for your interest in volunteering!
For information on how to volunteer for the CAGYPS, please click here or email:


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Gratitude to our sponsors donating time, energy, food, and financial resources to make this special experience  happen!

  • The Summit has been by far the single most influential and life-changing experience I have been through to date.

    –Nadia Tomaszewski
  • When people of the like-mind are united, it creates the closest thing to magic that we can experience first hand. 


    –Alex Stone
  • The Global Youth Peace Summit experience means to me a place where anyone can come and we aren’t going to judge you by your colors or where you come from.

    –Juan Guzman 
  • It’s a week where I’m around people that I don’t have to put on a mask for. I felt more at home at the Summit than I did in my own house.

    –Anonymous Youth
  • The Global Youth Peace Summit has been life-changing. The courage, compassion, and wisdom that I have gained from the summits has allowed me to break the bonds of a life that was not fulfilling. They have given me the tools to build a better reality for myself and others. They have shown me a picture of what is possible for our world, and thus have inspired in me a powerful sense of hope and a dedication to the pursuit of peace.


    –Jacob Joens- Poulton 
YES! There is a California Summit for 2018!
An amazing group of California volunteers is organizing to ensure the power and vision of the Summit continues in California.

Please click here for CA GYPS details and application information.

Though there will be many members of the California Amala community involved, the California Global Youth Peace Summit is no longer a program of the Amala Foundation.

The 6th Annual California Global Youth Peace Summit will unite 30 youth (ages 14-18) from over 20 countries for a week dedicated to personal growth, cultural exchange, leadership development and community building.  The 2018 California Summit will happen June 10-15, 2018.

Most of the youth who attend the Summit live in California, including American teenagers who were born and raised in California, and refugee and immigrant youth who have resettled here.  Participants are identified with the help of local organizations including the Mosaic Project, Canal Alliance, Leap Now, Center for Empowering Refugees & Immigrants, The Oakland International High School, International Rescue Committee, Refugee Transitions, Project Avary and the Urban Promise Academy.

Please Note: Summit Participants may only be 14-18 yrs to attend the summit.

Click here to apply for the 2018 California GYPS.


What is the Summit?


Many of the youth who attend have experienced traumatic circumstances: extreme poverty, religious persecution, child labor, gang violence, abuse, war and neglect; many have been uprooted from their native cultures and are struggling to integrate into an entirely foreign world.  By sharing their stories with others, Summit participants find themselves heard, celebrated, and empowered.


Every youth is empowered to be themselves, completely.  The invitation is simple – come as you are.  The Summit is about finding “peaceful” by being real and connecting authentically with others.  The primary intention of the Summit is helping youth make the commitment to cultivate peace within their own hearts and minds, and to walk in the world in a way that inspires others to do the same.  A side benefit becomes creating peace in the world. 


Through team-building exercises, leadership training, cultural exchange opportunities, and dialogue circles, the youth learn skills for conflict resolution, heart-centered communication, compassionate response, and peace-focused leadership.

Check out what one of our youth, Eiei, had to say about the California Global Youth Peace Summit.


The Summit unites young people from around the world and gives them an opportunity to see that beyond our nationality, ethnicity, beliefs, past experiences and present circumstances, we are all human beings who essentially want the same things: acceptance, love, equality and peace.

This fundamental understanding ignites empathy and compassion.  The Summit inspires youth to turn this compassion into action by giving them the necessary tools and support to make an impact in their homes, their communities, their world, among their peers and, most importantly, within themselves.


Following the completion of the Summit, youth are invited to participate in our One Village Project which is a year-long, youth-led community service and leadership development program.  The One Village Project unites youth from the Summit and youth who are completely new to Amala’s programs.

How can you support?

1. Change a life forever by making a contribution here.

2. Grow our community of support by creating a fundraising page and inviting friends and family to support the youth of the Summit.  Contact for more info. 


Youth Testimonials