YPA launches with a livestream introductory event focused on energizing and engaging young people as peacebuilders.
Visit www.ypakickoff.org to view a recording.
Today’s young people have unprecedented awareness of local, regional and global issues, as well as a desire to solve problems. Yet peace is essentially absent from formal and informal education frameworks. Young people are rarely invited to create and participate in local, national and international peace projects.
Research indicates that learning and experiences through which young people can put peacebuilding into practice are essential to building a sustainable culture of peace. The YPA journey is just beginning. It builds on a common belief in the power of community and promise of young people.
Conflict and violence doesn't just happen. They result from direct, cultural and structural decisions that we make as people and societies. Peace doesn't just happen. It's a practice, process and way of solving problems.
Young people ages 14-24 are in a significant phase of leadership development and civic engagement. There are more than 27,000 high schools in the United States with an average student population of 1,300+ students. That's more than 35 million potential peacebuilders.
There are 1.8 billion people in the world aged 24 and under. Youth & Peace in Action aims to engage and equip young community peacebuilders. We're starting with 300 high schools and youth clubs/organizations that together represent 300,000 students and the communities where they live.