The mission of the proposed program is to help troubled inner-city teens to learn how to resolve conflict without violence by Implementing innovating resolutions through performance of creative expression. The program will provide a haven, unite, educate, and inspire our youth. It will provide various aesthetic educational activities while promoting emotional, moral, physical, and cultural enrichment. The program is structured as a 3 hour after school program, 5 days per week, for 10 and 16 years of age. Curriculum/program activities include: 1) talent shows in which learned lessons are performed in acts, 2) Real talk/Conflict Resolution -Group Therapy and cooking class, 3) educational Adult for 17 to 25 years of age workshops on Life Skills, 4) structured mentoring and tutoring services, and 5) presentations from visitors of various Organizations-Trade Schools, different career backgrounds, Youth & Music Activities, Colleges, Financial Advisors, Anti-violence organizations, etc. to offer their knowledge and assistance. The program will culminate with a Close Out Show/Stop the Violence Community Event.
This program will teach youth impacted by violence how to deal with obstacles they encounter throughout life. The skills they learn will help them not only resolve conflicts more healthily but also build resilience. In turn, the youth will be able to process, prevent, and heal from acts of violence. The skills they learn will help them not only resolve conflicts more healthily but also build resilience. Resilience is critical to overcoming stressful situations, which the youth of West Philly encounter often. Resilience allows people to thrive even under tumultuous circumstances and can determine if one succeeds or fails. By imparting this pivotal skill, Philly Peace in Progress gives these youth the chance to crawl out of poverty, increase health outcomes, and experience greater satisfaction with life.
Funded by Philadelphia, PA (January 2023)