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School Registration and Individual Youth Registration are now CLOSED

This year’s conference is being presented on

Friday, September 22, 2023

8:30am to 2:15pm

Pima Community College West Campus ​

The 2023 YPC Youth Leadership Team decided to focus the year’s conference on Empathy: The Key to Humanizing and Uniting Our Communities and addressing these themes:

  1. Centering Empathy  

  2. Destigmatizing Mental/Behavioral Health

  3. Self Care for Wellbeing

  4. Isolation and Social Media

Workshops, dialogue circle conversations, and opening and closing ceremonies designed by the Youth Leadership Team will highlight these issues and provide multiple opportunities for participating youth to gain important information and share their viewpoints and perspectives.

Volunteers Needed! 

The 12th Annual Youth and Peace Conference will be held on Friday, September 22, 2023
at Pima Community College West

2023 Theme 
Empathy: The Key to Humanizing and Uniting Our Communities


The Annual Youth & Peace Conference
Tucson’s Annual Youth & Peace Conference (YPC) started in 2011 as a collaborative, community-based, peace-building, youth leadership and violence prevention project. YPC goals include educating and empowering youth to make healthy life choices and gain effective tools to become leaders, practice nonviolence, build peace and strengthen social justice.  The Youth & Peace Conference prioritizes youth leadership in planning and presenting this annual event.
See below for more information about the Youth and Peace Conference and a listing of the eleven conferences previously held, along with the theme or title selected by youth for that year's event. 
In 2021, as a result of the powerful mission statement created by the 2020 Youth Leadership Team, the Annual Youth and Peace Conference expanded into a year-round peace leadership program called Tucson Youth and Peace (TYP). For information, contact TYP Co-Coordinators Ann Yellott (520-991-6781; or Vana Dee Lewis (520-993-9390;
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