Drama for Conflict Transformation Toolkit: Youth Theater for Peace

Youth leaders and adult facilitators can use the Drama for Conflict Transformation Toolkit to create a customized training agenda based on their needs, timetable, and cultural context.

Across Kyrgyzstan, youth participants in the Youth Theater for Peace (YTP) program are using the Drama for Conflict Transformation methodology introduced in the toolkit to create community conversation about conflict issues. Since 2010, participants have collaborated with more than 50,000 audience members to talk about solutions to bullying in schools, labor migration, bride kidnapping, resource scarcity, and substance abuse.

Talk It Out – Bronx Intl High School Peer Mediator Music Video

Bronx International High School Students from the Morris Campus Student Leadership Council came together to write and create this gritty urban style video to promote peer mediation at the Morris High School Campus. They titled the song, “Talk It Out.”

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.

Lions International Peace Poster Contest

Each year, Lions clubs around the world proudly sponsor the Lions International Peace Poster Contest in local schools and youth groups. This art contest for kids encourages young people worldwide to express their visions of peace. During the last 20 years, more than four million children from nearly 100 countries have participated in the contest. The theme of the 2010-11 Peace Poster Contest, “Vision of Peace,” was open to students, aged 11, 12 or 13. Participants use a variety of mediums, including charcoal, crayon, pencil and paint, to express the theme. The works created are unique and express the young artists’ life experiences and culture.

Recess Redone – The Power of Play

This video demonstrates the “before and after” effect when safe, fun playtime is introduced in the schoolyard. A trained Playworks coach teaches and runs games designed to build leadership and foster teamwork.

In the Harmony

A short musical video using puppets that promotes getting along despite differences. Aimed at preschool through 3rd grade.

Another Bully Busters Song

A song performed by storyteller Debbie Dunns aimed to let bullies know it is NOT okay to bully, teach witnesses what to do should they see a bully bullying, and tricks that victims should utilize to help them become bully free. (This song is sung to the tune of Sipping Cider Through A Straw learned at Camp Sky Wa Mo, a Girl Scouts camp, back when the presenter Debbie Dunns was a girl.)

Restorative Justice Arts Initiative

Restorative Justice is a peaceful conflict resolution tool that has been implemented in many schools in central Michigan. The Central Michigan Restorative Justice Initiative asked the students they work with to create pieces of art that focus on Restorative Justice. This is a presentation of that artwork.

PeaceJam Juniors

This Video provides an overview of the PeaceJam Juniors Program and documents one school’s experience with this award-winning curriculum.

PeaceJam Juniors is a standards-based elementary curriculum that explores the childhood stories of 12 Nobel Peace Laureates and the ways they overcome problems in their communities. Students study the personal experiences of these amazing world leaders and then engage in service-learning activities that address local needs. As a result, children gain academic skills in the areas of reading, writing, history, civics, and geography. They also develop personal and social skills including problem-solving, conflict resolution, and leadership. PeaceJam Juniors can be implemented as stand alone curricular units or as a complement to existing curricula and aligns with best practices in the fields of service-learning, conflict resolution, and character education.

Ring the Bells music video

A music video of “Ring the Bells” by Melissa Etheridge and Salman Ahmad focusing on peace and positive change. It was recently shown by Search for Common Ground at the 3rd International Conflict Resolution in Education Summit in Cleveland.

Peer Mediators as Change Writers

As part of the National Writing Project, a group of Marsh Junior High eighth-grade peer mediators from Chico, California embarked on a journey of exploration and discovery to find their voices and become agents of change. Here’s a video documenting some of what went on.