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Conflict Resolution Youth Summit

The Conflict Resolution Youth Summit is a one-week summer day program held on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University for rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students interested in exploring some of today’s toughest problems through the lens of conflict analysis and resolution. 

Offered by the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, a preeminent leader in innovative teaching, cutting-edge research and engaged practice, this program will introduce students to topics within the field of conflict resolution, such as

  • Social and Political Action
  • Global Engagement

  • Justice & Reconciliation

  • Collaborative Leadership

  • Interpersonal Dynamics

Students will learn to be engaged citizens and leaders of peace through simulation labs, field trips, and workshops led by experts in the field.  

Dates and Times

Dates: July 20th - July 24th, 2020

Times: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Program Cost: (includes lunch, snacks, and fees/transportation costs for field trips)

Cost: $400*

*Several need-based scholarships are available! Applications for scholarships will be available after you've been accepted to the program. 

​Transportation to and from the summit and lodging are not provided. 


  • Rising high school 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students 
  • Interest in ​leadership, social justice, and community engagement.

How to Apply

Applications for the Summer 2020 Summit will be available in November. Please go to the "For more information" link on the left hand side of this page to add yourself to the Summit mailing list. Summit mailing list participants will be notified via email when the application is available. 

Short Essay Questions for Applicants

  • In what ways are you involved in your school or local community, and what have you learned about yourself through these experiences? (max 150 words)
  • What issues do you see in your school, neighborhood, or community that you would like to help or have helped solve and why are these issues important to you? (max 150 words)
  • Respond to one: 1) Tell us something about yourself that you’d like us to know. Or, 2) What have you read or watched recently that has impacted or changed how you see the world? (max 150 words)
  • How did you hear about the Conflict Resolution Youth Summit? What interests or career/academic goals do you have that make you a good fit for our program or make our program a good fit for you? (max 150 words)

Meet our Staff


Mara Schoeny, Executive Director
Mara is the director of the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution's Graduate Certificate and Undergraduate Programs and is an associate professor. She teaches courses in research and evaluation methods, practice skills, and the integration of interdisciplinary approaches to conflict analysis and resolution. She was a 1998 USIA Visiting Fellow in the Curriculum Development Exchange Program in residence at Yerevan State University, Armenia. As part of the grant she developed and taught simulation courses for undergraduate and master’s level sociology and social work students in family, organizational, political, and community conflict. She is a former youth camp director with experience in traditional camp settings as well as dialogue and co-existence camps for youth from conflict areas. Her research and practice interests include nonviolence, education, and training and dialogue processes.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are you looking for in an applicant?
​We are looking for rising Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors who are eager to participate in a hands-on learning experience on a college campus.
Do I have to be interested in the field of Conflict Analysis and Resolution to attend this summit?
​No, we believe that the skills and experience that you will gain from this summit are versatile and transferable to anything you put your mind to.
What does the program cost cover?
The program cost covers transportation for field trips, lunch, a t-shirt, and recreational activity fees.
Is transportation provided to and from the program?
No, transportation is only provided during field trips. Daily transportation to and from the program are not provided.
What is a typical day like?
Students will attend hands-on seminars, participate in simulations and field trips and collaborate together to work on various projects.
Who are the people running the program?
​This program is led by the professional staff and faculty of George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.
Is this a good program to put on a college application?
Yes, this program is a great opportunity to highlight academic and co-curricular experience.
Is this program a gateway to George Mason University admission?
The CR Youth Summit is a recognized university activity but does not guarantee admission to George Mason University.
What is the staff - student ratio? 
The ratio is 1 staff per 10 students.
Can dietary restrictions be accommodated?
Yes, once admitted we will collect information regarding dietary restrictions of participants.

Who can I contact if I have additional questions?
Give us a call or email us at 703-993-4165 or

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