Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Heeding the Call: A Program on Justicemaking for Junior High School Youth


Peace begins with yourself, with the way you treat your family, your friends, your communities, your country - but it does not stop there. Peace that begins in the hearts of children can cover the whole world. — Mayerly, 14, Colombian Children's Movement for Peace

This workshop asks youth to reflect on what it means to build peace in the world. Does peace building always begin with large-scale movements? Can young people help build peace, too? The activities introduce skills needed to build a world in which people feel heard and respected, and respect goes a long way to building peace.


This workshop will:

  • Identify a commitment to peace building as a quality needed to bring about a more just world
  • Encourage youth to work for peace
  • Introduce peace-building tools
  • Explore individual and collective roles in building peace.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • See a commitment to peace building as an important quality in justice making and imagine ways to live out this commitment
  • Understand that peace does not mean an absence of conflict, but a means of resolving or managing conflicts without hurting each other
  • Learn peace-building tools and teach them to others
  • Feel empowered to work for peace.