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A New York State-based organization dedicated to encouraging youths to get involved in peacemaking activities is laying plans to go national.

Young & Teen Peacemakers will help children "as young as age 8 find opportunities to become peacemakers,'' Judith Webb, the group's director, said.

Members will receive the group's youth-written magazine, Peace on Our Minds, which contains articles on such topics as conflict resolution and environmental awareness. They will also receive "action updates'' and notices of local activities with which they can become involved.

The Hamilton, N.Y.-based group currently has 14 chapters in New York State, which have organized recycling campaigns, launched projects to feed homeless people, and conducted dropout-prevention workshops, among other activities.

The national membership drive, expected to begin next month, by contrast, will encourage young people to join on their own, not just as part of a group, Ms. Webb said.

A group of Russian high school students interested in architecture last week completed a 12-day visit at a Brooklyn, N.Y., high school.

The six students from the Lyceum Cupchino in St. Petersburg sat in classes, tried out computers, and toured New York City, according to Peggy Hickey, a spokeswoman for Brooklyn Technical High School.

The trip was arranged by a Brooklyn resident, Larry Hasin, who wanted to match the Russian school, which specializes in the restoration of historic monuments, with Brooklyn Tech, which is renowned for its unusual architecture major, Ms. Hickey said.

Ms. Hickey added that a group of Brooklyn Tech students is planning to visit Russia next February, and that a group of faculty members may also travel there next spring.

To provide tips for students venturing abroad, the Council on International Educational Exchange has launched a new magazine.

Student Travels, to be published biannually, includes information on obtaining passports, finding inexpensive airfares, and buying Eurail passes, as well as features on body language and on "what's hip, hot, and happening around the globe.''

The first issue also contains an entry form for a travel contest.

Free copies of Student Travels can be ordered from the Council on International Educational Exchange, 205 East 42nd St., New York, N.Y. 10017; (212) 661-1414, ext. 1108. For mail orders, include $1 for postage.--R.R.

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