RYPP Welcomes 29 New Teen Trainers !

Twenty-nine teens from across the Richmond region successfully completed  15 hours of nonviolent conflict resolution training on Saturday and Sunday, September 22 and 23.  The workshop introduced participants to conflict resolution techniques to use in their own life, and to share with others.  They also learned skills that will help them plan and lead workshops for schools and youth groups.


             This free workshop was offered with the financial support of the Youth Philanthropy Project and the members of the Richmond Peace Education Center.  Participants also earned community service credit, and received a newly updated training manual.


            Congratulations to our new trainers:

  • Khadijah Baker
  • Ethan Bates
  • Hayley Bland
  • Sierra Burns
  • Andrew Cannady
  • Haley Cannady
  • Olivia Duncan
  • Asia Farmer
  • Jelani Ferrell
  • Ava Fuller
  • Grace Gomes
  • Luke Hawkins
  • Will Keenum
  • Christopher Lee
  • Antwonda Mealey
  • Waliah Naji
  • Cheslay Occean
  • Dayjour Peebles
  • Quinton Pegram
  • Michael Pegram
  • Nik Powell
  • Perraychudhan Saravanane
  • Rowan Smith
  • Shaquille Smith
  • Meha Srivastava
  • Tara Srivastava
  • Michael Thompson
  • Iyalonna West
  • Adriel Wilder


The workshop included students from about two dozen different middle and high schools.   Several of our experience trainers worked with the group on Sunday afternoon, as they practiced their skills.  All who complete the workshop now qualify to become RYPP conflict resolution trainers.  With guidance and supervision from members of the adult CR team, they will promote, plan and present conflict resolution workshops for children and teens during the coming year.


Our youth leaders are eager to try out their new skills.  If you know of a local school, congregation or community center that might like to offer conflict resolution workshops children or teens, please have them contact RPEC’s CR coordinator, Santa Sorenson at santaredhawk@aol.com or 240-0597.