Youth Voices Project – Friends Journal

Type of Organization: Non-governmental - Non-Profit

Home Country: United States


Friends Journal, a Quaker publication, has begun featuring the work of young people writing and creating around the theme of peace. The 2nd Annual Student Voices Project brought in the creative works of over 100 middle school and high school students from 15 schools and educational venues in nine different states. We selected 24 honorees whose submissions were featured in the April 2015 issue. The theme of Peace, Conflict, and Justice was introduced as follows:

Conflict and violence happen all over the world with all kinds of people. Peace also occurs in many communities throughout the world. Peace is often defined as the absence of war or violence, or an agreement to end hostilities. Justice is defined as fairness, equitableness, or moral rightness. Quakers believe that true, lasting peace can never be achieved through violence and that in the pursuit of justice, all people are equal and capable of working together. The Friends peace testimony encourages the promotion of peace and the opposition of war or violence.

We supplied the students with eight specific prompts to choose from for that initial spark of inspiration which leads to great creation. The prompts were categorized under Story Time, Ponder, Get Involved, Inspiration (with a list of quotes from peacemakers), Imagine, Interview, Visual Arts, and Photography.

Contact Information

Name: Youth Voices Project - Friends Journal
Type: Non-governmental - Non-Profit

1216 Arch Street
Suite 2A
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
United States

Voice Phone: (215) 563-8629

Contact person: Gail Whiffen Coyle
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