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Playing and Practicing Peace in Baltimore

AFSC’s Youth Program Director, Mia Jones discusses her work in the Baltimore public school system and how playing games and video projects have raised a particular group of girls, conflict resolution skills and sense or empowerment. She is using the Help Increase the Peace (HIP) Program. The Help Increase the Peace (HIP) Program was developed by the American Friends Service Committee staff in Syracuse, New York, in 1991 as a youth-oriented program to address the epidemic of violence in schools. HIP is based on the conviction that nonviolence and participation in our communities can better each of us and our world. Workshops focus on three themes: options to violence; dealing with racism, prejudices, and our differences; and the belief that we can each participate in our communities to bring about positive social change.

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