Our Peacemaker Program consists of outreach and education to our local schools. The program was first introduced to the Summit County School District during the 2005-2006 school year. The program is based on the principle that children live what they learn. Lundy Bancroft, an author and expert in treating violent offenders states, “An abuser is not born; he is made.” Similarly, non-violent and respectful citizens can be developed out of a culture of respect, tolerance and empathy; characteristics of a peace maker. We believe that characteristics that are modeled and publicly rewarded in our schools and community become important in the lives of our children.
Each year, we present to every class in every elementary school in the Summit School District, reaching over 1,900 hundred student. We have been acknowledged by our local school board as a “Caring Community Partner”. In a nomination form for this award, local school administrators stated, “There is no other outside organization who has invested as much in the positive development of our students!”
The interactive Peacemaker curriculum supports and enhances work already being done by school staff to educate elementary school students on
- Managing emotions
- Positive peer interaction
- Non-violent conflict resolution
Currently, we are revising and expanding the Peacemaker Program for use in middle and high school. Our goal is to build on past efforts in these schools to develop a more consistent and regular presence. Middle and High school topic areas will stem from the elementary curriculum, and begin to address:
- Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships
- Sexual Consent
“What can you do to be a peace maker in your home, your neighborhood, your school and your community?
“Eliminating violence, one person at a time, one family at a time, starting with ourselves.” Take the Pledge. Contact Jessica Goncalves at VISTA@summitadvocates.org for volunteer opportunities with our Peacemaker Program