Network for Peace youth program ran from 2004 through 2010. It was individually designed and included youth involvement in its concept and development. We designed our own curriculum, engaged the youth in meetings and workshops, kept records, reported on sessions and made pictures and videos. We share this story on our web hoping that the reader will be inspired to do the same and/or to use any of our curriculum or ideas as they work to empower youth.
This program linked youth groups across cities, nations and continents so that they could learn ways of empowering themselves to promote the rights of children.
The program continued as an empowerment program for youth in which they create workshops regarding their concerns and invite other youth to learn more about the nature of these concerns and to develop actions for change.
A new program was created titled the Confronting Concerns III Leadership Institute. The institute focused on training youth leaders in facilitation and workshop development so that they would move into roles as workshop facilitators for other youth. (And adults).
This was a program to engage New York City youth in learning skills of dialogue as a means of making peace and to connect to one another. A workshop was prepared by the youth coordinators and presented to four NYC youth groups from January 2010 through mid-May. Those groups participating in the workshops then prepared and presented their workshops at a Youth Conference held in May 2010.
The 2010 Youth Dialogue Conference brought 80 youth and adults together for a day of sharing, reflection, collaboration, and fun. Participants tackled issues including sexuality, police misconduct, and dating violence, sharing their perspectives and experiences and learning more about other points of view. They created intergenerational spaces of open, honest communication, as both youth and adults expressed their opinions and explored together how to change the world.
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