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As the summer wound down, we had the unique opportunity to facilitate youth nonviolence courses at the Wiogora School of Wisdom and Wonder – a Hogwarts/Harry Potter themed day camp at First Unitarian Church in Worcester.

Our peace education course was called “Peace Charms” in this magical world of socially conscious witches and wizards, and our pupils ranged from 5 to 14 years old. We taught conflict resolution skills based on our Chill Listen Empathize Assert Resolve (CLEAR) model with a focus on empathy. The Center’s Nonviolence Facilitators, Nicole Belanger, Michelle Gerber, and Sarah Kuruvilla helped these young peacemakers be able to cast peace charms everywhere they went.