Richmond Youth Peace Project 2014







The Richmond Youth Peace Project (RYPP) was launched in 2004 following the murder of a local high school student. The program aims to transform Richmond’s culture of youth violence. RYPP empowers teenagers to be leaders for peace and community change.


Teen Conflict Resolution Team: Training teenagers to teach other youth how to resolve conflict.

In 2014 our teen program leaders led programs in nonviolent conflict resolution reaching more than 300 other youth.

Community partners say RPEC’s youth-led conflict resolution programs…

  • Provide vital “information children do not receive anywhere else”
  • “Resolve bullying issues.”
  • “Really change the way youth interact .”
  • 100% of teen program leaders use RPEC conflict resolution skills in their own lives & neighborhoods.
  • 88% of clients report improvements in behavior of the young people who participate in teen-led workshops.

The words of RYPP Teen Leaders…

quotation-mark-left-md I’ve had the joy of being able to make

a positive impact in the lives of the children

that I teach. qotation-mark-right-md –DaJon Johnson (age 18)

quotation-mark-left-md Leading conflict resolution workshops

has strengthened my leadership skills &

allowed me to meet people who are

different from me. qotation-mark-right-md

–Suzannah Woods (age 16)

quotation-mark-left-md I never thought of myself

as someone to be looked up to

until I saw how the school children,

especially the boys, responded

to me. It made me realize that

I’m having a greater impact than

I thought. qotation-mark-right-md

 –Jorrell Watkins (former RYPP leader, now age 21)


Teens Who Participated in RPEC’s Training for New Teen Conflict Resolution Trainers in 2014 said:

I learned…

quotation-mark-left-md To teach my conflict resolution

              skills to other teens throughout

                     my community. qotation-mark-right-md

quotation-mark-left-md How to defuse conflicts. qotation-mark-right-md

quotation-mark-left-md Understanding and empowerment qotation-mark-right-md

quotation-mark-left-md How to actively listen. qotation-mark-right-md

quotation-mark-left-md How to communicate

              my feelings. qotation-mark-right-md

quotation-mark-left-md There is a solution

                      even when you feel there isn’t.qotation-mark-right-md

quotation-mark-left-md It’s not one person vs. another.

               It’s two people vs. the conflict. qotation-mark-right-md

I feel…

quotation-mark-left-md Inspired. qotation-mark-right-md         quotation-mark-left-md Empowered. qotation-mark-right-md


      quotation-mark-left-md Prepared. qotation-mark-right-md

quotation-mark-left-md Happy and confident

                       about what I learned. qotation-mark-right-md


quotation-mark-left-md More understanding and understood.qotation-mark-right-md


         quotation-mark-left-mdRelieved and calmed

              through this workshop and its

               supportive environment. qotation-mark-right-md

Youth Peace Summit: Annual youth-driven regional conference for teenagers.

  • The Summit teaches teens conflict resolution skills and ways to improve their communities.
  • About 100 diverse teenagers attended the 2014 event whose theme was “bullying prevention.”


Generation Dream: Giving youth a platform to make their voices heard & express themselves.

  • This multigenerational music, dance, and poetry production in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has given hundreds of youth the opportunity to express themselves creatively on stage.
  • In 2014, this youth production drew an audience of 600.