Since 1980, the Richmond Peace Education Center has been an unwavering voice for peaceful conflict resolution, social justice, and nonviolent social change in the Richmond, Virginia region. Today the Richmond Peace Education Center is working actively to build a more peaceful and just community and world. Through its workshops and youth programs, the Peace Center is making a difference in the region.
Uniting Communities for Peace and Justice
RPEC collaborates with many other local organization in the effort to unite community members to work for racial justice and community peace.
HROC (Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities
HROC is an intensive trauma-healing program, started in the east African Great Lakes region of Rwanda and Burundi. HROC aids people in learning to heal from the trauma of violence, and trains facilitators who can help bring that healing to the broader community, and infuse it into our other conflict resolution programs.
Site-based Youth Peace Teams
The Peace Center currently works with site-specific groups of young people in three locations: Albert Hill Middle School, Jackson Ward/Gilpin Court and East End/Salvation Army B&G Club. These students participate in leadership, violence prevention and conflict resolution training, as well as yoga and arts instruction; they also take part in the Peace Center's regional Richmond Youth Peace Project.
An annual performance featuring talented young people and supporting adult performers, honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This inspirational show features music, song, dance, theater and spoken word poetry, much of it original. Performances address issues of peace, nonviolence and social justice.
Peace Essay Contest
An annual contest open to all Virginia Students grades K-12, in 4 different age groups--K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. A different writing prompt is announced each year, ordinarily in late January. The deadline for entries is usually in late April. Entries must be on paper, and are limited to 1000 words. Cash prizes are awarded in each age group, and essays are also published on the Peace Center website.
Richmond Youth Peace Project
Leadership training program for teens. We train middle and high school students in conflict resolution techniques and as group facilitators. Then, with supervision from experienced adult trainers, they co-lead workshops for other children and teens. RYPP leaders also take part in our other teen programs, including our annual Generation Dream concerts and Youth Peace Summits
Nonviolent Conflict Resolution
The Richmond Peace Education Center offers a variety of Conflict Resolution training services. We work with social service agencies, foster care programs, public and private schools, afterschool care and recreation programs, universities, nonprofit organizations, churches, and prisons. We offer programs for both adults and youth. Experienced Peace Center facilitators will train staff members of nonprofit agencies in nonviolent conflict resolution and peer mediation techniques, or work directly with the agency's clients. There is a sliding scale fee for services.
This agency provides a range of services designed to promote justice, diversity and conflict resolution.
Youth Peace Programs
Through our regional Richmond Youth Peace Project, an innovative violence prevention and empowerment program for teenagers, we convene teenagers from across the region to learn and apply techniques of nonviolent conflict resolution to help reduce the level of youth violence in the Richmond area. Additionally, RYPP empowers young people by involving them throughout the planning and presentation of RYPP events, educating them about the history of race in the Richmond region, and encouraging them to express themselves positively through the arts. RYPP sponsors annual events including the Generation Dream youth production in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an annual Youth Peace Summit for teenagers, and "No One Is Bulletproof" teen forums on gun violence prevention. Through school and neighborhood based Youth Peace Teams we empower teenagers to be leaders for peace and positive change in their own schools and communities.