Congratulations and welcome to the Richmond Peace Education Center’s newest class of teen conflict resolution trainers! Twenty-six middle and high school students from more than 20 different schools throughout greater Richmond completed a full weekend of conflict resolution and leadership training on September 27 and 28. RPEC’s teen conflict resolution training team is part of the Richmond Youth Peace Project (RYPP).
The following teens are now certified RYPP trainers, ready to offer workshops to other children and teens, under the guidance of our adult trainers: Cordell Cannon, Maya Charlton, Charles Cheatwood, Shanti Coleman, Jayla Daniels, Arianna Hill, Tabitha Hill, Racheal Hood, Adam Jacobs, Sive Lowell, Medha Majety, Adam Martin, Omar Moros Taylor, Bashir Mosavel-Lo, Mysia Perry, Sadia Pollard, Yug Rao, Leslie Reyes, Elena Riederer, Jasmine Taylor, Isis Terrill, Raquel Turner, Pranay Vissa, Djimon Waddey, Tafari Wall and Takeisha Walton.
This year’s training was led by Santa Sorenson, Paul Fleisher and Iman Shabazz, along with new RPEC trainers Juliette Dixon and Alice Leigh Mason. Thanks also to RYPP leaders Josi Riederer, Khadijah Baker, Elise Fuller and Ava Fuller, who joined us on Sunday afternoon to help this year’s trainees practice their leadership skills.
Several of our new trainers are already scheduled to co-lead their first conflict resolution sessions for groups of Richmond students. But we’re looking for still more opportunities for them to practice their newly-learned skills and develop their leadership abilities. If you know of a school, community group or congregation who might be interested in arranging to host one or a series of conflict resolution workshops for a group of children or teens, contact RPEC’s conflict resolution coordinator Santa Sorenson.