Funds Will Support RPEC Youth Program
The Richmond Peace Education Center is pleased to announce it has received a $25,000 grant from the Robins Foundation. During the coming year, this funding will enable the Peace Center to strengthen and expand its program for teens, the Richmond Youth Peace Project (RYPP).
The Richmond Youth Peace Project empowers youth to work for peace and community change. Through RYPP, the Peace Center trains and prepares teenagers to be youth peace leaders. These teen leaders teach nonviolent conflict resolution techniques to younger children and other teens, and have opportunities to make their voices heard, creatively, about critical community issues.
The Robins grant will be used to train 25 additional teen leaders in nonviolent conflict resolution skills. It will help the Peace Center recruit teenagers from schools and neighborhoods most affected by community violence to be part of the 2015 cohort of youth leaders. These young leaders will have a unique ability to teach others in their home communities.
The grant will also be used to widen the Peace Center’s presence in schools, community centers and neighborhoods, offering youth-led workshops and programs. It will fund 30 additional hours of programming in neighborhoods in need.
The RPEC youth program is unique in its use of “peer education,” which is distinct from more traditional adult-led approaches and offers a more effective engagement strategy. We view our region’s youth as an underappreciated and underused community asset. As RPEC empowers youth to help one another develop peacemaking skills, the result is a safer and more vibrant community for all of us.
“RYPP is a place for me to express how I feel about real-world problems today. It’s where youth gather and actually take a stand against the problems that we face… RYPP provides us an opportunity to harness these feelings—not suppress them. Since joining RYPP, I have become more willing and determined to share my opinions and views with the world.” –Khadijah Baker, RYPP leader, age 16
The Richmond Peace Education Center is currently accepting applications from teens interested in joining our RYPP leadership team. We will hold two weekend workshops: on Saturday and Sunday, October 3-4 and October 17-18, from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. Interested teens and adult mentors can find more information here or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, apply to participate using our our easy online application form.
The Richmond Youth Peace Project is a collaboration
between the Richmond Peace Education Center and Drums No Guns.