The Institute for Social Justice and Non-Violent Interaction
Our PeaceBuilder approach enables students to identify and address the root causes of systemic violence, disharmony and chaos while creating lasting changes in the ways we embrace and integrate peace, justice, equity and education.
This summer's youth participatory action research (PAR) cohort utilized local, national and international research and data made available through initiatives such as P4 Pittsburgh, The City of Pittsburgh Resilience Strategy, and The Earth Charter movement in order to begin charting a course toward the holistic transformation and commissioning of a new generation of young leaders. One of the results of this ongoing work has been the creation and adoption of the official PeaceBuilder Institute platform and agenda, which revolves around our "5 Impact Zones" (seen below)
These PeaceBuilder Institute's "5 Impact Zones" serve as a framework for developing equitable and just solutions to the issues, concerns and chaos identified by our youth (PAR) cohort and guiding young leaders as they work to create sustainable peace via YOUTH VOICE, YOUTH CHOICE and YOUTH POWER.
The PeaceBuilders Institute makes use of John Paul Lederach’s conceptualization of peacebuilding, which he describes as “a comprehensive concept that encompasses, generates and sustains the full array of processes, approaches and stages needed to transform conflict toward more sustainable, peaceful relationships” (Lederach, 1997).