→ Register a new YPC Here!
What are Young Peacebuilders Clubs (YPCs)?
The Young Peacebuilders Clubs are youth clubs organized by a group of committed young people in their schools, faith-based communities, or other groups or clubs. They engage in social activities and initiatives, involving their peers to build peace and transform conflict in their communities.
YPC’s support children and youth as they EXPLORE and discover violence, inequality and neglect, and then get INSPIRED to create projects that wage peace in their community and world. In doing so they learn to work with others to TRANSFORM conflicts and create a more peaceful future. They Repeat the process, Expand, start new YPCs, and thereby spark a new peacebuilding EXPANSION.
These child and youth – led clubs have a direct impact on their community while representing Young Peacebuilders (YP) mission in helping young people become more effective peacebuilders.
How do YPCs operate?
YPC’s are student-led and adult-supported groups nurturing peacebuilding passion and skills in youth and children. The Young Peacebuilders team, supports YPC members as they continually increase their capacity to design, deliver, and evaluate peacebuilding projects of increasing scope and impact.
Student Leaders take on the central leadership responsibilities for their YPC. They challenge, organize, guide, and support peers in their club. This includes organizing and facilitating weekly club meetings; supporting club members in researching violence and inequalities locally and abroad; helping members choose a problem they would like to address; planning how they will do so and then organizing these projects. YP helps train and mentor students grow in their leadership skills and provides resources to get started.
YPC Mentors do not lead the YPC but rather support students as they grow their leadership skills and embrace their roles as young change-agents, reconcilers, and peacebuilders. They provide supervision and logistical support of regular club activities and provide coaching and links to potential partners, information, and other resources. YPC Mentors should be 13 years or older.
→ Apply to be a YPC Mentor Here!
How Do I Start a YPC?
Start a new YPC by submitting a Club Registration Form here!
Are you a member of an already existing child and youth peace club? Then consider joining and registering with us as a YPC! To be eligible your peace club must be committed to the following YP core values: (1) Devoted to helping more young people become more effective peacebuilders, (2) Nurture environments where young people’s peacebuilding potential is maximized, and (3) Work towards countering violence and waging peace in your community.
What Tools Help Support a YPC?
After club registration, Young Peacebuilders will provide our original and innovative Training Manual.
→ Develop a YPC project using our Project Planning Guide HERE!
Additional Online Resources From Others:
World Vision– The Peace Road Curriculum
How Do We Know If Our YPC Is Successful?
→ Complete a Baseline Survey HERE.
At the end of the school year, or YPC meeting cycle, every club participant completes a Cycle End Survey.
→ Complete a Cycle End Survey HERE.
Both surveys help us better understand and improve the impact of YPCs.
During or after every YPC meeting, record progress and plans in your Club Meeting Journal HERE
After every project your YPC completes and evaluation form. Complete this form quarterly for ongoing projects.
→ Submit a Project Evaluation form HERE.
How Do I Start Many YPCs?
Learn more about the role of the Branch Coordinator here.
YPC in the News!
A YPC in northwestern Michigan, USA made local news on April 12, 2017. Traverse City West Senior High School students have committed to help more than 10 refugee foster kids that are pre-approved to come to Traverse City, Michigan. Check out the full article here and the video clip below.
Are YPC Project Grants Available?
Roots & Shoots – Mini Grant (USA only) provide $200.00 or $400.00 for your service campaign.
YPC Project Grants are available on a first come, first serve basis while funding is available. Applicants who are eligible may receive a maximum of $250.00.
→ Submit a YPC Grant Application Form here!
YPC Project Grant Eligibility Criteria
1. Registered a YPC with a minimum of 4 members.
2. The project must be child or youth led. Adult support is welcomed and encouraged.
3. The project must help build peace. This may include preventing violence, neglect or exploitation; or improving relationships between conflicting parties. A focus on children or youth is encouraged.
4. Clearly outline who is responsible for what and how the money will be used. The budget must be used within 6 months of receiving the grant.
5. At project completion the Club must submit a short report to YP, outlining the project’s activities, scope, and outcomes.