Help build a culture of peace in Worcester
“There is so much hate and so much violence in this country,” lamented a dear friend in the wake of the Orlando massacre. I understood his reaction. Perhaps you have felt similarly. And yet, I am unexpectedly optimistic despite these heart-breaking times
Last week, I stopped by Claremont High School, located in Worcester’s Main South, to meet the teens who signed up for our Peer Mediation (PM) Program. We successfully ran a PM Program at the school two years ago. In August, we will train these teens to mediate the conflicts of their middle school peers throughout the 2016-17 school year. I expected eight registrants. Twenty showed up. Were any familiar with Peer Mediation? I asked. Indeed, they were. A number of them had used Center-trained Peer Mediators to help resolve their fights when they were in middle school.
Fighters becoming peace-builders. This is how we build a culture of peace. One young person at a time.
But to do so takes money. To hire a part-time Education Program Manager for just one semester costs $10,000, a hefty sum for our limited pool of funds. Imagine what two peace educators working full-time could achieve! Imagine how many “fighting” middle schoolers could learn to become peace-building teens and how many aspiring peace educators could develop professionally in this pioneering field.
Your contribution will help build a culture of peace. $10,000 is our summer fundraising goal, one we’d like to reach by mid-July. With $10,000 we can expand the hours for our peace educator and expand our programming. Help us meet that goal. Together, we can build a culture of peace in Worcester and beyond!
President, Board of Directors
Cultivating Nonviolence event
On March 22nd, the Center held its annual meeting event, Cultivating Nonviolence: A Celebration of Peace Education in our Schools and Neighborhoods. Attendees enjoyed some beautiful music by Neighborhood Strings, a program of the Worcester Chamber Music Society that provides free music lessons to Main South youth.
Lisa Brennan, Program Director of Services for New Americans at Ascentria Care Alliance, gave a fascinating talk about her organization's work with refugees in the Worcester area. Center Board Chair Claire Schaeffer-Duffy then presented Ascentria Care Alliance with the Center's annual Community Peacemaker Award, given to an individual or organization making a difference in our community.
Following the program, Executive Director Jennifer Smead reported on the previous year's accomplishments and activities. Some highlights are found in the Center’s 2016 Annual Report. Board Treasurer Ruth Rowan presented the Center's financial outlook, and Claire Schaeffer-Duffy reviewed the list of Board officers for 2016, which were approved by those in attendance. The Center's list of Board members and officers can be found here.
Thank you to everyone who sponsored, attended, and supported
our 5th Annual Way of Nonviolence event:
An Evening with Dr. Paul Walker, Chemical and Nuclear Weapons Disarmament Expert and 2013 Right Livelihood Award Laureate
Our Nonviolence Educator Training gathering a diverse and engaged group of about 40 youth workers and educators. Thank you for 2 wonderful nights everyone! Special thanks to guest presenters, MJ & Jerry Park of Little Friends for Peace.
Held on Tuesday, September 22 and Tuesday, September 29, 2015
5:30- 8:00 pm each day @ Center for Nonviolent Solutions
We appreciate YOU!
THANK YOU for the financial support from many individuals, foundations, businesses, municipal and state funders who make this work possible!
Enjoy Cultivating Nonviolence (Annual Meeting) Event Photos
and our 2014 Annual Report
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If We Don't Teach Peace
“If We Don't Teach Peace” (2011) is a sixteen-minute documentary about the Center for Nonviolent Solutions work. Through interviews with members of the Center's Board, staff, colleagues, and participants, hear about the importance and efficacy of skills in assessing and transforming conflict toward a culture of peace. This film is dedicated to William P. Densmore, co-founder (along with Michael True) of the Center.