The Center for Peace and Youth is a partnership of individuals and organizations dedicated to reducing violence by and against youth and to addressing the causes and consequences of youth connected violence locally, nationally and internationally. The Center works to this end through selected advocacy, training, technical assistance, research and consultancy and through specialized program design and development. The Center:
- advocates for systems change in critical areas, locally, nationally and internationally.
- is structured as a project within the Youth Advocate Program International, Inc. (YAPI), a 501(c) (3) organization that enjoys NGO participant status at the United Nations, in partnership with American University’s Center for Global Peace and Azim Khamisa, the internationally recognized author and creator of widely used in-school programs that present alternatives to violence and gangs for youth. The Center anticipates expanding its advocacy partnerships to include others.
- serves as a center of consultancy, training, technical assistance and program development that would build on the expertise of its partners.
- enriches its partners through opportunities to learn from each other and absorb the expertise of others with whom they will collaborate.
Learn more about the directors and staff of The Center for Peace and Youth here.