Teens: Become a Leader for Peace and Justice

Teens, and Parents and Youth Mentors

Would you or your teen like to:

  • Learn to settle conflicts peacefully?
  • Develop leadership skills?
  • Help reduce the level of violence in your school and community?
  • Connect with other teens from throughout the Richmond region?
  • Earn community service hours?

Become a Youth Peace Leader!

We’re now accepting applications for our fall 2017 FREE training for new youth leaders.

There are two training opportunities:


Saturday and Sunday, September 30-October 1  9:30am-5pm 


Saturday and Sunday, October 21-22  9:30am-5pm

Apply to participate in one of the workshops .

You and other teenagers will spend a fun weekend doing activities and learning. You’ll learn to resolve and defuse conflicts. You can use the skills you learn with friends, at home, and at school.

Lunch and snacks will be provided. You’ll also get a copy of a training manual with dozens of exercises and activities.  This year’s workshops are scheduled to be held at the new 6 Points Innovation Center in Highland Park.

Once you complete one of the weekend trainings, you’ll be qualified to become a Youth Leader in the Richmond Youth Peace Project!


As a youth leader, you’ll have opportunities to teach other young people ways to communicate and resolve disagreements. You’ll also get involved in creative activities and make your voice heard in the community…all under the expert mentorship of the Richmond Peace Education Center.


In addition, you’ll earn 15 hours of community service credit just for participating in
the two-day training.

Learn more about the Richmond Youth Peace Project here.

Or follow this link to apply.

The Richmond Youth Peace Project is a collaboration between the Richmond Peace Education Center and Drums No Guns.

Do you have the perfect item for this year’s Auction?

Do you have an item to offer that would be perfect for the Peace Center auction this year?

Our annual auction is the Peace Center’s most important fundraising event. All of the proceeds directly support our work to build a more peaceful and just community.

Volunteers are just starting to work on this year’s auction and we are really changing things up!


This year, the auction will be held Friday, November 17th at 6:30pm at Diversity Richmond.

We are especially looking for items made in Richmond by Richmonders, to showcase local artists and artisans and who want to show their support for the Peace Center with their work.

We are also looking for Richmond specific experiences…think classes, tours, and attractions that make our city unique.

In addition to local donations, we want to add more out-of-Richmond adventures and getaways, since those items are always a big hit in the live auction.  

Special items from faraway places are also popular with our bidders.

Do you have a suggestion for an auction item you (or your business) might like to offer for this year’s event.  If so, please email your suggestion to items@rpec.org.  Thanks.

We are also looking for some fresh faces and fresh ideas from our auction team.  Would you like to get involved?  Do you know anyone well connected in the Richmond community who might like to help in our efforts this year?  Please let us know!

We’ll do all we can to make the process easy for you: We’ll suggest a list of contacts to approach, many of which will be people who donated in previous years. 

We’ll give you materials to hand or email to potential donors, including a letter and step-by-step instructions..  

Would you like to volunteer this year? Let us know if you can help!  Email us your confirmation, or any questions at items@rpec.org.

Again, thank you for your continued support of the Richmond Peace
Education Center.

Train to Lead Programs for the Peace Center

Two-Day Introduction to Conflict Resolution July 17 & 18

Do you want to…

  • Learn healthy ways to communicate and resolve conflict?
  • Become a member of the Peace Center’s training team?
  • Earn recertification points if you’re a teacher?

This July, experience the Richmond Peace Education Center’s basic two-day training in conflict resolution.

This workshop is the foundation for all of RPEC’s conflict resolution programs and provides essential skills and insights to adults of all experience levels.

It’s open to any adult interested in learning to resolve disputes peacefully. Through two days of engaging group exercises, you’ll strengthen your communication, listening, and conflict problem-solving skills. The skills you’ll learn are helpful in addressing everyday interpersonal disputes at home or workplace, in the classroom and in the community.

This training is well suited to educators, individuals who work with youth, and any member of the general public who wishes to strengthen their conflict resolution skills. Educators will earn a minimum of 15 points toward recertification.

Interested in Becoming a Workshop Leader?  

The Richmond Peace Education Center needs skilled and passionate individuals to lead Conflict Resolution workshops in the community, working with youth and adults. Successful completion of this two-day training is a first step for those interested in leading workshops for us. Contact Santa Sorenson for more information at rpec@rpec.org.

We also welcome participants who wish to enhance conflict resolution skills for their own personal development!

Date: July 17 & 18, 9 A.M.-5 P.M. on both days 

Where: Richmond Friends Meetinghouse, 4500 Kensington Ave.

Pre-payment is required. Tuition for the workshop is $175, which includes the cost of a 200+ page training manual. Partial scholarship are provided if needed.

Email your name, address and phone number to rpec@rpec.org to pre-register.

To pay: Use the PayPal button below or mail your check in advance to RPEC, 3500 Patterson Avenue, Richmond, VA 23221, with “T4T” in them memo line.

Participants are asked to bring a bag lunch each day. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Click “Add to Cart” to make payment, and to enter any scholarship codes.

Member Gathering & Iftar Dinner–Now Full

Our June 14 Member Dinner is now full. We are sorry that we are unable to accept more RSVPs as we are completely full due to overwhelming interest!

Please email rpec@rpec.org to be added to a wait list.

2015 RPEC member dinner 003The Peace Center Member Thank You Dinner is your chance to come together with other members of the Peace Center to relax and look back on the accomplishments we’ve shared.

The evening will include music, recognition of youth leaders, and the recognizing of our 2017 Peacemakers of the Year, Malik and Annette Khan. For more than 20 years, Malik and Annette have dedicated themselves to encouraging interfaith understanding.

Anyone who is a member, volunteer, active supporter, or partner of the Peace Center is welcome!

This year will be special.  As the dinner takes place during Ramadan, we will join our Muslim Peace Center members, and our Peacemakers of the Year, and eat after sundown.  We encourage all of our members to come break the fast, break bread, and celebrate our community’s diversity!

The dinner is Wednesday, June 14th at 7pm, at Ginter Park Presbyterian Church.  We will hold the program first.  After the program, enjoy the Iftar dinner! Note that we will be eating late (after sundown, around 8:45pm). We encourage those non-Muslim friends who need to to have a snack or light meal before coming.

Please let us know in advance if you need child care services or special accommodations. (Email rpec@rpec.org.)

Volunteer to Judge the Peace Essay Contest

Find out what Virginia’s young people think about American diversity, and opening our nation to people from other parts of the world.

We need additional volunteers to help read and judge entries in the 2017 Peace Essay Contest on May 16.  No special expertise is required, beyond being a thoughtful reader.

The theme of this year’s contest is Many People…One Nation.  Students were asked to consider how to build understanding and respect for one another among people of different heritages and beliefs.  The writing prompt generated a lot of interest among students and teachers, and we have received well over 500 entries.


:  Tuesday, May 16

Time:  Beginning at 3 p.m. (but people can arrive later, as their work schedule allows.)

Place:  First Unitarian/Universalist Church, 1000 Blanton Ave.,


We will offer a light dinner for people as they work.

If you or someone you know would like to volunteer as a judge, please contact rypp@rpec.org.  Thank you!


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Youth Peace Summit–Saturday April 29!

Special Announcement!  Mayor Levar Stoney will speak at the Youth Peace Summit Saturday.

Space still available. Register youth for the Summit here.

The 2017 Youth Peace Summit is Saturday April 29, 2017, at St. Paul’s Baptist Church–Southside Campus, 700 E Belt Blvd., Richmond, VA 23224.  

Open to young people ages 12-19. Free.

Includes lunch, performances & fun workshops.

Register here  or email rypp@rpec.org for more information.   


Learn teen leadership, conflict resolution skills, ways to work for social justice and have fun through music, dance, and yoga!  Hear stories from immigrant youth.

Earn credit for six community service hours.

Workshop choices include:

  • Building Healthy Relationships
  • Anger Management
  • Preventing Human Trafficking
  • Indonesian and Latino cooking and culture
  • Capoeira
  • Drumming
  • Yoga
  • Cross-Cultural Understanding
  • and much, much more! 

Groups are welcome! Register online here (preferred method).  If you’d rather register youth using a downloadable form, download it here: Summit 2017 paper registration form,  

Please arrive by 9:45 a.m.!

Space is limited. Early registrants get first choice of workshops.


The Youth Peace Summit is organized by the Richmond Peace Education Center. The Summit is part of the Richmond Youth Peace Project program for teenagers, a Peace Center collaboration with Drums No Guns. Through the Richmond Youth Peace Project, we empower teenagers to be leaders for nonviolence and community change.


2017 Peace Essay Contest Deadline: April 24

The 2017 Peace Essay Contest:  For Virginia students grades K-12

Deadline for Entries:  April 24, 2017

Theme: Many People…One Nation 

Americans come from many different backgrounds.  How can we build understanding and respect for one another among people of different heritages and beliefs?  

What can you do to help build a community from people of so many different backgrounds?  What can we do together in our schools, our neighborhoods, and our nation to help build respect and understanding among all who live in our country? 

Include examples of contributions from people of various cultures and heritages, including your own, who have helped build the United States


 Prizes awarded in 4 grade divisions: K-2, 3-5, Middle: 6-8, High School: 9-12:

First Prize: $100

Second Prize: $50

Third Prize: $20

Five Honorable Mentions: $10

  • Open to any elementary, middle, or high school student in Virginia
  • Prizes awarded at each school level: K-2, 3-5, Middle: 6-8,   High School: 9-12
  • Entries judged on content, composition, style and grammar, with emphasis on the content and creativity of the ideas expressed
  • Deadline for entries: April 24, 2017
  • Submit two copies of each entry, along with a completed entry form
  • Each entry must be the original work of the student author.
  • Winners will be notified on or before June 1, 2017

Download a copy of the rules and entry form here:

2017 Essay contest flier  (MS Word format)

2017 Essay contest flier  (.pdf format)

Download contest posters here:


Please email rpec@rpec.org or call 232-1002 if you have any questions. Thank you very much for considering being a part of this event!

Propose a Workshop for 2017 Youth Peace Summit

Richmond Youth Peace Summit, Saturday, April 29, 2017  Call for Workshop Proposals:

 We invite you to share your knowledge, skills and experiences with Richmond area teens.

The Richmond Peace Education Center will hold its 2017 Youth Peace Summit on Saturday April 29, 2017, at St. Paul’s Baptist Church–Southside Campus, 700 E Belt Blvd., Richmond, VA 23223.   The summit will feature 90-minute breakout workshops for groups of about 12-15 teen participants. Morning workshops will be scheduled from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Afternoon workshops are scheduled from 2 -3:30 p.m. We invite you to propose a workshop to offer at the event.

The summit will emphasize cooperation and collaboration among Metro Richmond’s diverse populations of young people. We are particularly interested in receiving proposals focused on: youth community organizing; reducing gun violence; juvenile justice reform; Black/Latino and interracial unity; racial justice in Richmond; Richmond’s rich African-American history; building healthy relationships; Spoken word poetry or other arts for social change; and increasing educational and economic opportunities for metro Richmond youth.


Proposals promoting teen leadership, or positive self-expression through the arts are also welcome. In past years, sessions on performing arts, writing, cooking and improvisational comedy have generated strong interest among participants. All workshops should be be active and participatory.

To promote youth leadership, presenters are  encouraged to include young people as leaders or co-leaders for each workshop. (We may be able to identify a youth co-leader from among our RYPP members if you are unable to recruit one.)


Download a Workshop Proposal Form here:

Call for Proposals – 2017

or email rypp@rpec.org for more information

John McCutcheon to Perform April 21

John McCutcheon, the internationally acclaimed folk musician–and Peace Center champion –will be back in Richmond on Friday, April 21, 2017.

This year he’ll perform at the popular west-end folk/blues venue Tijohn-mccutcheon-image-album-covern Pan, 8982 Quioccasin Road, near Regency Mall. Tin Pan provides a more celebratory setting for John’s performance, as they offer food and adult beverages. They are generously donating profits from ticket sales to the Peace Center!

John McCutcheon has supported the Peace Center with his music for many years. For those who don’t know him, McCutcheon is a wonderful storyteller and master of many instruments, including guitar, banjo, piano, and hammered dulcimer.

McCutcheon is a multiple Grammy nominee known for his amazing live performances. His most recent CD, Trolling for Dreams, has just been released. He has recorded almost 40 albums including 22 Days (2013) This Land: Woody Guthrie’s America (2011), Passage (2010), and Untold (2009). He is also the author of numerous children’s books and essays. For an overview of McCutcheon’s work, visit his website www.folkmusic.com.

Get your tickets HERE.

Those making reservations for dinner get preferred seating, and we recommend that you order your tickets early…seating is limited. McCutcheon’s performance begins at 8 p.m. Reserve your seats for dinner (menu…www.tinpanrva.com/menu) and to guarantee priority seating.

Thanks to The Tin Pan for hosting John McCutcheon’s visit to Richmond, and for their generous support of the Peace Center

ICYMI: Auction Items Still Available

In case you missed it.

If you missed out on our November auction–or just didn’t get to bid on everything you might have wanted–we have a couple of spaces left in two wonderful events you might like to take part in. (They would also make a great gift for someone special on your holiday list!)

Middle Eastern Dinner and Cooking Demonstration.

Arrive at the home of Raidah Hudson and Mitch Lee, 6:30 p.m. on Saturday January 21st, and enjoy a glass of wine.

Jerusalem3Raidah will provide guidance as you make several appetizers, discuss exotic ingredients and spices. The meal will be inspired by Jerusalem: A Cookbook.
In Jerusalem, chefs Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi explore the vibrant cuisine of their home city. Both men were born in Jerusalem—Tamimi on the Arab east side and Ottolenghi in the Jewish west. Their acclaimed cookbook offers recipes from their unique cross-cultural perspective.

Menu will have plenty of vegetarian/gluten free options.  Recipes and tips will be available for those interested.

Dinner will be held at the home of Raidah Hudson and Mitch Lee in West End near University of Richmond. 210 Ross Road Richmond Va 23229

Date January 21st, 2017

Fixed Price: $55.

Questions: Raidah Hudson Lee raidah@comcast.net



Diversity in Richmond Schools

Join Dr. Genevieve Siegel-Hawley, VCU professor of educational leadership and nationally-recognized expert in the field of school integration, for a discussion of the history and future of racial integration in Richmond’s public schools.genevieve

Genevieve has compared the status of Richmond schools with those in other states who have approached racial integration differently.

Participants receive a signed copy of Genevieve’s new book, When the Fences Come Down. Host Anne-Marie McCartan will also provide simple refreshments.

Date: January 18th, 7pm at the home of Anne-Marie, near Byrd Park.

Price: $35 for an individual/$50 for a couple. (includes a single copy of the book.)

To reserve a place at one of these two events:

Send a check to the Peace Center, 3500 Patterson Ave., Richmond VA 23221

Or, pay through Paypal here