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The New Orleans Peace Building and Conflict Transformation Program works closely with young people in New Orleans to promote peace using peer-to-peer learning strategies, arts and activism. Using experiential and interactive trainings, young people share strategies to address violence and create positive change throughout neighborhoods in New Orleans. The program focuses on the arts as an alternative means of self-expression and healing.
Peace by Piece, the internship program that prepares young people to be peace leaders, trains youth to share tools that teach nonviolence and principled solutions to conflict. Working with youth up to 24 years of age, Peace by Piece offers workshops on self-identity and conflict transformation; monthly meetings to plan actions and community-wide events supporting alternatives to violence; and training and mentorship to youth who share an interest in social justice and leadership development.
The New Orleans Peace Building and Conflict Transformation Program works collaboratively and cooperatively with community partners including A Desire for Change and People’s Institute Youth Agenda (PIYA). These and other partnerships inform the work that Peace by Piece interns do in the community. Programs and events like Freedom Street Library, Kwanzaa Freedom School (hosted by PIYA), and Designing our Freedom Fashion Show work to highlight the injustice and violence that plague New Orleans and offer people-based solutions to ending violence.