Previously, Youngblood coordinated and taught a U.S. State Department sponsored project in Turkey titled, “Reporting Syrian Refugees: Building Communities of Understanding.” He has also directed and taught a comprehensive Peace and electoral journalism project (sponsored by USAID and the State Dept.) in Uganda in 2010-11. Using a second a second major State Dept. grant, Youngblood directed and taught a peace media and anti-terrorism project in Uganda in 2012-13.
He is a two time J. William Fulbright Scholar (Moldova 2001, Azerbaijan 2007). Youngblood has lectured/taught in 12 countries for the U.S. State Department, UNICEF, and People to People International.
Youngblood has been recognized for his service to global peace by the U.S. State Department (Alumni of the Month), Rotary International (Honorary Rotarian), and the UN Association of Greater Kansas City (World Citizen of the Year). He is the author of “Professor Komagum: Teaching Peace Journalism and Battling Insanity in Uganda”.
Youngblood launched the Center for Global Peace Journalism at Park University in 2012. The center promotes the concepts of peace and peace journalism, including advocating non-violent conflict resolution, through seminars and courses both in the U.S. and abroad, through its website and semi-annual magazine, and through partnerships with like-minded organizations and individuals.
The center has successfully planned and executed dozens of seminars/symposiums/lectures around the world, and has partnered with universities (Istanbul, Turkey; Rongo, Kenya, for example) and media NGO’s (Media Association for Peace-Lebanon; Peace Journalism Foundation-Uganda) to spread the word about the benefits of peace journalism. For more information on the center and its activities, see: www.park.edu/peacecenter .