The Richmond Peace Education Center is offering a special program to Albert Hill Middle School during the 2016-17 school year.
We are creating a youth peace team within the school, giving a group of 7th and 8th graders the opportunity to become “Youth Peace Leaders” who teach and model healthy conflict resolution, respect and positive behavior to other students. Using a peer education approach, this program will empower a group of students to help build a safer more positive student culture.
This school-based Youth Peace Project will operate in parallel with our regional Richmond Youth Peace Project, and the Albert Hill Youth Peace Leaders will be invited to participate in all of our RYPP activities (like the Generation Dream production in honor of Dr. King and the Youth Peace Summit conference for Richmond-area teenagers).
More than 15 wonderful 7th and 8th graders applied to participate. Most of them have completed our basic two-day introduction to conflict resolution training. Peace Center program leaders will be meeting with them and training them throughout the fall. Starting in early 2017, these Youth Peace Leaders will begin leading programs for 6th graders and other groups of students.
This program equips a group of Albert Hill middle school students to be leaders for change within their own school and community.