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CISV educates and inspires action for peace through local and global programs that build inter-cultural friendship, cooperation and understanding among children and youth.
The purpose of CISV is to educate and inspire action for a more just and peaceful world. Since 1951, CISV has been offering a range of local activities, international camps, family-hosted exchanges and community-based projects. Our international programs have provided opportunities for thousands of participants to meet and develop friendships with people from different countries, backgrounds and cultures. All CISV Programs have a Peace Education focus, which we use to inspire our participants to become Active Global Citizens. As CISV continues to grow around the world we remain united as an organization by our educational principles. Our Educational Principles are that we appreciate the similarities between people and value their differences, we support social justice and equality of opportunity for all, we encourage the resolution of conflict through peaceful means, and we support the creation of sustainable solutions to problems relating to our impact upon each other and the natural environment. At the local level, the Smoky Mountain chapter has been working with youth since 1970, supporting those working in our community as well as participating in international programs.