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If your school or club hasn't applied or registered for access, there's still time!
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International Day of Peace Kick-Off

September 21, 2021

YPA launches with a livestream introductory event focused on energizing and engaging young people as peacebuilders.

Visit www.ypakickoff.org to view a recording.

Online Peace Platform

September 2021 – May 2022

Interactive, innovative YPA online platform provides content and experiences throughout the school year. The core course for students, including a certificate upon completion, is My Peacebuilder Foundations. A companion experience, Guiding Young Peacbuilders, is available for teachers, club advisors and community supporters / Rotarians.

Peace Projects in Action

January – April 2022

Students can imagine and develop peace projects independently, or, apply for a training and mentoring experience called Leading Peacebuilding Teams. It’s available to support small groups that want to learn how to lead other students in effective peace projects.

YOUnited Celebration

May 2022

The year’s learning and accomplishments, including the results of youth-led peace projects, are profiled in the YPA Online Peace Platform and virtual or in-person get-togethers.
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Hear what educators have to say about the value of YPA

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.

  • Rotary Zones 33 & 34
  • NewGen Peacebuilders
  • Outward Bound Peacebuilding
  • Alliance for Peacebuilding
  • Institute for Economics & Peace