On the Map: 13-Year-Old Guitarist Plays for Peace

This is a recently addition to our Arts Leadership map that you don’t want to miss!

In early 2008 Ben Werdegar saw a story about Iraqi children needing wheelchairs and knew he had to find a way to help. Two years and $18,500 later, 13-year-old Ben is truly making a difference through his music.

“I’m just trying to reach peace one child at a time. Even if the child is on the other side of the world.”

Ben’s arts leadership began when his mom showed him an email with pictures of Iraqi children who needed wheelchairs, and a story about how American Brad Blauser (a 2009 CNN Hero) was helping them through his organization, Wheelchairs for Iraqi Kids….Read more about how Ben is helping kids in Iraq.

Ben plays guitar outside a coffee shop to raise money