To some, the idea of crafting a vision seems too “inactive” to actually accomplish much— especially a vision created by teenagers. But the truth is, visions (especially those of teens) have the power to defy logic, reason, and all odds! To prove it, GSD has done this exact same vision activity with (arguably) the most vulnerable kids on the planet— who went on to receive a Nobel Peace Prize nomination!
It started in 2013 when the Afghan government invited the GSD team
to the khost
Juvenile Rehabilitation Center (JRC) to implement our leadership program with 17 teenage boys. Serving time for crimes including attempted suicide bombing
, planting roadside bombs (IEDs), consorting with terror groups
, undergoing extremist training in madrassas
, stealing, and other serious crimes, these guys were a hard core bunch.
Due to nearly 40 years of nonstop war
, lack of education
and connection to the outside world, frustration from violence, and too much idle time on their hands, Afghan youth have been ideal prey for insurgent groups willing to fund illegal activities and recruit them to their ranks. Many teens are currently living in JRCs across the country, and in urgent need of a rehabilitation program able to redirect their views toward a better future.