Youth Voices Center, Inc. (YVC) is dedicated to promoting positive youth development among adolescents, ages 12-18, through its Power of Peace program offered in schools, community centers, and youth groups. The Power of Peace program is a conflict resolution initiative focused on developing leadership, teamwork, collaboration, decision-making, respect for others and self, and cultural awareness.
The overarching goal of YVC is to promote positive youth development and to lower the incidence of interpersonal violence among teens. YVC aims to achieve this goal by disseminating its Power of Peace program to a critical mass of students that represent a cross-section of their respective school, community center, or youth group. By helping these young people to dispel negative stereotypes of themselves and others and increase their capacity for empathy, YVC hopes to create safer school communities and more confident adolescents. The specific participant outcomes that YVC has identified include:
Increased cultural awareness
Increased knowledge of conflict resolution skills
Power of Peace is a succession of experiential workshops designed to enable young people to realize their full potential as productive members of society.