The Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation In South Africa, the foundation's Emerging Leaders Program seeks to reach young people, including young men, so they become future leaders seeking a more nonviolent world. An example of organizations working to enlist young people.
Global Youth Connect Global Youth Connect is an organization led by and for young people which supports, activates and encourages youth leadership for human rights and social transformation. They are dedicated to the principles of activism, community building, reconciliation and non-violence. They value acts of courage which embody these principles. They believe in addressing human rights violations as well as their root causes in order to build a world-wide community of compassion and justice.
PeaceJam An international education program built around leading Nobel Peace Laureates who work personally with youth to pass on the spirit, skills and wisdom they embody. The goal is to inspire a new generation of peacemakers who will transform their local communities, themselves and the world. Hands-on regional trainings by certified PeaceJam Trainers are offered in various areas of the country and the world by PeaceJam Affiliates. These introduce participants to the PeaceJam Foundation and leads through the curriculum template, sample activities, and resources and culminates in the creation of a PeaceJam lesson plan. Adults wanting to implement one of the PeaceJam Programs (for gradeschool, High School, or college) will first need to participate in a mandatory training.
Seeds of Peace Dedicated to empowering young leaders from regions of conflict with the skills to advance reconciliation and coexistence. From 46 Israeli, Palestinian and Egyptian teenagers in 1993, the organization still focuses on the Middle East but now includes youths from South Asia, Cyprus and the Balkans. Its network encompasses over 2,500 young people. The program begins at the International Camp in Maine and continues through follow-up at the Seeds of Peace Center for Coexistence in Jerusalem, international youth conferences, regional workshops, and an adult educator program.
Students Against Violence Everywhere A student driven organization. Students learn about alternatives to violence and practice what they learn through school and community service projects. As they participate in SAVE activities, students learn crime prevention and conflict management skills and the virtues of good citizenship, civility, and nonviolence.
Tariq Khamisa Foundation (TKF) TKF provides a powerful and proven school-based violence prevention education program called the Violence Impact Forum (VIF) for students in the 4th through 8th grades. It strives to inspire and empower them to say no to gangs, guns and violence. Founded by Azim Khamisa after the death of his son, Tariq.
Yes! YES! connects, inspires and empowers. YES has held 90 week-long events for youths from 60 countries, and spoken to more than 629,000 people in school and conference presentations. YES! has distributed hundreds of thousands of books and action guides, and co-produced the award winning video based on footage from a World Youth Leadership Jam, Connect, which has been shown in 70 countries on MTV. Each YES Jam brings together approximately thirty young changemakers for a week of networking, skills sharing and community building.
Youth for Peace The Youth, Peace and Security agenda has gained momentum in recent years and marks a shift in the understanding of who young people are and their role for peace and security. United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250 (2015) is the first international policy framework that recognizes the positive role young people play in preventing and resolving conflict, countering violent extremism and building peace.
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