Youth Programs

The Richmond Peace Education Center’s youth programs are essential in achieving our overall mission of creating a peaceful and just community. Through these programs, RPEC engages with Richmond’s youth and nurtures developing community leaders. Our youth programs provide peaceful alternatives to teen violence, empower youth to promote peace and justice in their own communities, and provide guidance and opportunities for teens to express themselves in dynamic ways.


Richmond Youth Peace Project

We believe that addressing the problem of youth violence requires the active involvement of young people acting as leaders and educators themselves. The Richmond Youth Peace Project is an initiative of the Richmond Peace Education Center and Drums No Guns. Through this program, teens learn to be leaders for peace and find opportunities to express their ideas and concerns positively through the arts. (More here)


Peace Essay Contest

The Peace Essay Contest provides the opportunity for youth across Virginia to engage with the concepts of peace and nonviolence and express themselves through the written word. Each year hundreds of youth from primary grades to high school submit thoughtful, powerful essays about their perspectives on peace. From these essays, several winners are chosen from each age group and their essays are posted here on our website.  The contest deadline is April 22, 2013. (More here)