Youth Peace Summit a Success! See what the kids are saying…

summitfeedbackThe 2013 Youth Peace Summit took place this past Saturday, April 27th at the Northminster Baptist Church. The day was filled with workshops, panels, and performances, and it was a huge success.

 

But you don’t have to take our word for it! Here is some of the feedback we got from the youth participants about their experiences at the summit:

 

When asked “What was your favorite part of the day?,” we received such responses:

 
“Everything! I was truly amazed by everything and would love to do this again.”
“The whole day!”
“The novel seminar. I was thinking about writing one and this really helped me. Thanks!”
“Lots of fun! I can’t wait until next year”
“Everything was amazing”
“How the performances related to topics about important issues. And meeting new people!”
“I loved meeting all the new people. And learning more than I already knew!”
“The ‘Know Your Rights’ workshop was awesome!”
“Zumba was really fun, and meditating…learning how to find peace with yourself.”
“Learning how to express ourselves through nonviolence”

 

When asked “How could you use an idea from today in your life?,” participants answered with:

 
“How I can use my own self-discovery to help others”
“To think before I act…”
“If I got mad, I could use Capoeira to express myself in a nonviolent way”
“Learning how to maintain healthy relationships”
“Practicing yoga to relieve stress”
“Even when you’re in a bad mood, treat people with respect”
“To make deliberate choices to eat healthy”
“To make my neighborhood better”
“Using nonviolent communication”

 

And when asked “What could we improve for next year?,” many of the youth said things like “I wouldn’t change anything,” “More opportunities to attend workshops!,” “The amount of time we have,” and “Instead of two classes, let’s do all of ‘em!”

 

Our aim was to gather youth from across the region together for a day-long educational conference focused on conflict resolution, youth community organizing, issues of concern to communities of color, and more.  The youth that attended took away concrete tools to help them resolve disagreements and improve their communities. Clearly, the youth found this year’s summit to be effective and engaging, and we were able to provide a positive environment for participants to express themselves and make new friends. Our panel on preventing teen gun violence was incredibly thought-provoking and moving, and it reflected the roots of the Richmond Youth Peace Project. Through innovative, empowering social change efforts like the Youth Peace Summit, RYPP continues to transform Richmond’s culture of youth violence and promote peace in our communities.