— YPP Program
Youth peaceMaker pod program
The Youth Peacemaker Pod (YPP) initiative uses writing, music, and other creative expressions to expand and amplify the voices of young people. This program aims to provide youth with training in using their talents as an alternative to violence and exploring new untapped talents. There is no fee to participate in the YPP program. Funding is providing in part by the Cook County Juvenile Justice Advisory Council.
This program serves youth and young adults ages 14-26 in the communities of Calumet City, Dolton, Harvey, Lansing, Phoenix, South Holland and Thornton.
- Youth undergo an intake which seeks to reveal identified risk factors, academic strengths, weaknesses, and other important factors that may affect behavior or academic performance.
- 5-10 youth will be enrolled in a pod. These small pods allow us to develop individual pathways for each participant. It also allows for participants to form a bond and begin the process of learning how they can be a peacemaker.
- Our nearly 10,000 sq. ft. facility allows for multiple pods simultaneously while allowing for social distancing and all recommended COVID precaution measures.
- Youth will meet at least 2 days a week with a dedicated “coach”. This will include in-person and virtual sessions. Our coaches guide youth in enriching their talents and exploring new opportunites.
The 12 week program includes the following:
Youth are grounded in an understanding of holistic “peace” meaning nothing missing and nothing broken.
Youth develop basic capacity to notice an absence of peace internally, in others, and in the community.
Youth develop basic skills of restoring internal and interpersonal peace through conflict resolution.
Youth develop skills to speak and act in the interest of their own peace (self-advocacy) and the peace of others [advocacy for others.
Youth will identify one problem (a place where peace is missing) and a creative solution (a peacemaking approach) This project will utilize the whatever the youth bring to the table, whether it be music, writing, singing, videography, rapping, visual arts, etc.
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15910 Cottage Grove
South Holland, IL 60473