Gregory Smith - Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

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Gregory Smith - Lifetime Achievement Award Winner


Fifteen year-old Gregory Smith is the founder of International Youth Advocates, a Phi Beta Kappa College Graduate, a PhD candidate in Mathematics at the University of Virginia and a 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee. Traveling globally speaking about the needs of the world's children, he has visited nine different countries, four continents and traveled throughout the US. An advocate for peace through education and peaceful parenting, he has organized humanitarian aid projects for East Timor orphans, the youth in Sao Paulo, Brazil and is helping Rwanda build their first public library. He is working with Christian Children's Fund, as Youth Ambassador, to build Peace Schools in Kenya and other conflict regions. He talks with American youth groups about the importance of education as they prepare for their future and how community involvement can create a safer environment.


Through his many appearances, Greg appeals to governmental leaders to value their children as their country's greatest resource. He teaches about ending the cycle of violence and has pledged his life to the pursuit of peace. A motivational speaker with a powerful message, he has made speeches, written letters, held meetings, conducted surveys and appeared on countless television and radio programs to spread his message of hope and to bring awareness to the needs of children here in America and around the world. He has met with Presidents, Nobel Peace Laureates, religious leaders and educators such as former President Bill Clinton and former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev and Nobel Peace Laureates: Ireland's Betty Williams, South Africa's Archbishop Desmond Tutu, East Timor's Jose Ramos-Horta, to describe his educational and peace plan. He was a CCF delegate to the UN Special Session on the Rights of the Child. He has appeared before the Security Council of the U.N., Florida and Virginia General Assemblies and the State of the World Forum to build a network of individuals and organizations willing to support his cause.


He has appeared on Sixty Minutes, The Oprah Show, Late Night with David Letterman, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS Morning Show, Voice of America and CNN. The national and international print and broadcast media have told Greg's story and continue to help him spread his message of hope for a brighter more peaceful tomorrow.