Each spring, the Richmond Youth Peace Project hosts an annual Youth Peace Summit.

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The Summit is a full-day conference, free to any metro-Richmond young person age 12 through 19. Approximately 150 teens participants spend their day in active, engaging, workshops in conflict resolution skill-building and creative nonviolent expression through music, writing, and visual arts. Teens earn up to six hours of community service for their participation.


The Summit begins with opening activities and a keynote presentation. For example, our 2013 keynote was a panel discussion on preventing youth gun violence:

Following that, participants choose from among 10 different 90-minute workshops. After lunch participants are also treated to a performance of music, dance and drama by talented local teens, promoting peace, nonviolence and social justice. We then offer a second selection of workshops.


The Youth Peace Summit was designed and planned with the full collaboration of teen participants in the Richmond Youth Peace Project and adult program staff. Almost all workshops are either led or co-led by young people.


Feedback about previous Summits from youth participants has been enthusiastically positive. They love their day at the Summit. Previous years’ Summits offered these 90-minute workshops:


Be Angry…But: Learn to manage your anger for positive results

Capoeira: The movements, music and history of this Afro-Brazilian martial art/dance form

Creative Drama for Social Change: Dramatic ways to communicate your message in everyday situations

Egg-ceptional Meals…Learn to cook tasty, healthy, protein-rich egg dishes

Gun Violence Prevention: Facts and Action

‘I Am Not Afraid’ Anti-Bullying Stage Play Script Breakdown

InnerPeace Finding Peace and Justice through Yoga and Drumming

Hoop Dance Empowerment! Learn techniques to express yourself with a hoop as your partner

Junkyard Jam:  Healing the community with rhythm, featuring Drums No Guns

Keep the Peace: Conflict resolution skills

Know Your Rights—Protect your legal rights in and outside of school

Lessons Of Laughter: Improvise the funny side of Attitude, Commitment, Teamwork and Trust

Love is Kind: Recognize dating abuse—and learn what to do about it.

Managing Myself and My Relationships: Taking control of how we treat others and how they treat us.

Radical Roots: Urban Gardening For Good

Saving Shockoe Bottom: Finding, Making and Preserving Our History in Richmond.

Stereotypes, Social Justice and Diversity, Oh My!

Teen Yoga with Project Yoga Richmond

Teen Worker Rights: Stand up for your rights as a teen employee in Virginia

Write a Novel in 6 Months: Plan your writing project, and then start telling your story.

Youth Leadership Working for Community Change: Making your voices heard

Zumba!: The fun of exercising to the Latin rhythms of salsa, merengue, hip-hop and more.  


Our next Youth Peace Summit will be held in the Spring of 2016. For more information about the Summit or other RYPP programs, email rypp@rpec.org.


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