Welcome, Youth Peace Leaders

The Richmond Youth Peace Project–the Peace Center’s program for teens–has just added forty new youth leaders.  We have just completed two weekend-long trainings for new teen conflict resolution trainers, funded by our recent grant from the Robins Foundation.

Teenagers from diverse backgrounds, drawing from more than 30 different middle and high schools, spent the weekend getting to know one another and learning a variety of conflict resolution activities emphasizing personal affirmation, cooperation, communication, interpersonal problem-solving, and appreciation of diversity.

RYPP trainers play "group juggling, a cooperation exercise.

RYPP trainers play “group juggling,” a cooperation exercise.

As an indication of how engaging and informative the program was, all forty students who started the Saturday morning training returned to complete the entire fifteen hour program on Sunday.

Many of the teen participants attend schools in the city of Richmond. Others attend school in Henrico, Chesterfield, Hanover, King George, as well as local private schools. We also included one VCU student, who also plans to join our adult conflict resolution team as well.

Our new teen trainers are now eligible to serve as workshop co-facilitators when we offer conflict resolution workshops for groups of children and teens in the community.  As always, they will  be mentored by some of our most experienced adult leaders; we expect them to quickly develop strong leadership skills as they guide groups of students through some of the same experiential activities they are now familiar with.

RYPP trainers discuss controversial questions (gun violence prevention, in this case) in pairs as they practice the "Take a Stand" activity.

RYPP trainers discuss controversial questions (gun violence prevention, in this case) in pairs as they practice the “Take a Stand” activity.

 

Many of the brand new teen leaders will help lead workshops with other youth over the coming weeks, teaching other teens and younger children healthy ways to resolve conflict. Teen-led workshops are already scheduled for Fifth Baptist Church, Lincoln Mews Community Center, First Unitarian Church, Grace Covenant Ministries, Cary Elementary School, the Armstrong Leadership Program and Armstrong Freshman Academy.  

Please contact us at rypp@rpec.org if you know of other groups that are interested in scheduling a conflict resolution workshop.

 

Several of the new RYPP leaders have also expressed interest in performing as part of next February’s Generation Dream Educoncert honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

RYPP trainers practice cooperating in silence as they work together to solve the challenging "Five Squares" problem.

RYPP trainers practice cooperating in silence as they work together to solve the challenging “Five Squares” problem.

 

 

Congratulations to all who completed our training on October 3-4: Ari Aganbi, Michael Allen, Kevin Amoroso, Shanthi Bhagat, Mateo Cherry, Unitha Cherry, Jazmyne Dupree, Savanna Ellis, McKenzie Harris, Fatahillah Iskandar, Roman Koshock, Hugh McFarlane, Demetrice Morgan, Michelle Page, Janecia Paxton, Shalaya Pryor, Kayla Pryor, Esha Sharma, Kiara Smalls, Matthew Thompson, Alana Towns and Nia Vaughan.

Also the teens who completed our second workshop on October 17-18:  Eli Alvarado, Mina Ansari, Jaylyn Blackstone, Timyiah Carter, Theonshaye Clarke, DeJohn Covington, Madeleine Dugan, Maya Flores, Lundyn Henry, David Hughes, Ananya Jos, Naomi Jos, Cheyenne Kirby-Johnson, Vidya Mastriyana, Tyler Tunstall, Shane Tunstall, Yashodhara Varma, Tyra Wade and Octavia Walker.

Welcome, Youth Peace Leaders, to the RYPP Leadership Team!