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Since the launch of Global Justice Journal in 2020, our Scholar Development Initiative has served as the flagship program for our international outreach and advocacy efforts. It was through this initiative that we were able to bring a youth peace project to Cameroon in the midst of civil war and, subsequently, host a peace summit that attracted more than 21,000 attendees worldwide and featured such notable speakers as Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee and the Reverend Dr. Gary Mason. Our work in Cameroon has been documented in a book entitled The Cameroon Peace Project: A Case Study in Pedagogical Game Theory.
As a crucial next step in our ongoing efforts to use scholar development and pedagogy as tools to facilitate dialogue and mitigate conflict in the United States and abroad, Global Justice Journal Foundation has acquired use of a beautifully restored, turn-of-the-century building in downtown St. Charles, Illinois, which serves as the site of our new Center for Pedagogical Research. In addition to the study of conflict mitigation and peacebuilding through pedagogical methods, the Center will also focus on the identification of giftedness in neurodiverse and at-risk youth. In this way, we will help young people discover their inner scholar and teach them to use their gifts rather than weapons to address the challenges they face.