for the 2021 Youth and Peace Conference

School and Youth Program Registration for the 2021 YPC is now open!

Registration closes November 10, 2021


We are inviting high schools and youth programs in Tucson and Southern Arizona to register a select group of their students/youth (10-20 students per school/site) to participate in the 10th Annual Youth and Peace Conference! This year’s conference is being presented virtually on Friday, November 19, 2021 from 8:30am to 1pm, using a Zoom platform provided by Pima Community College. Registration for schools and youth programs opens October 18 and closes November 10, 2021. 

The 2021 YPC Youth Leadership Team decided to focus the year’s conference on these three issues:

  1. Racial Justice, Equity & Inclusion in Schools

  2. Mental Health Concerns

  3. Youth Voice & Decision Making in Education Systems

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.




INDIVIDUAL YOUH REGISTRATION for 2021 Youth and Peace Conference


Individual Youth Registration for the 2021 YPC is now open!

Registration closes November 10, 2021

In addition to having a system for schools to register teams of students for the 2021 YPC, we are also planning to have a way for youth to register themselves for the conference. This system for individual youth registrations is meant to accommodate youth not in school, college students, and youth who live in communities where schools are not involved in the conference.

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The Resource Fair at the Annual Youth & Peace Conference (YPC) is an important opportunity for youth to learn about community resources, especially organizations that address issues connected with the theme of the conference. 


For the virtual 2021 YPC Resource Fair this year, we are inviting community organizations to provide a video or ad to explain their programs and services for youth and young adults. These videos and ads will be posted on our Facebook page and Instagram (@TucsonYouthandPeace) beginning on Monday, November15, 2021  and continuing during the week leading up to the virtual conference on November 19, 2021.


In addition, organizations are invited to provide give away items and resource information to be included in swag bags/resource bags that will be assembled and delivered to all youth participating this year from their school or from another platform.

See the Call for Virtual Exhibitors for more information and to indicate your interest in participating in this year’s virtual resource fair.

The 2021 YPC Resource Fair/Exhibitor Registration opens on Monday, October 4th and closes on Friday, November 5th. 



Individuals and organizations in the community are invited to provide a virtual workshop to educate and inspire youth ages 13-24 about the following issues:

  1.  Racial Justice, Equity & Inclusion in Schools

  2.  Mental Health Concerns

  3.  Youth Voice & Decision Making in Education Systems


During our selection process, the Youth Leadership Team, along with the 2021 YPC Workshop Committee, will prioritize workshops that are participatory and focus on supporting the voices and lived experiences of youth participants.

Given that all workshops need to be presented virtually on Zoom, the Workshop Committee is offering assistance for any presenter regarding how to integrate participatory activities into their Zoom workshop. 

The Call for Workshop Proposals for the 2021 YPC is now closed.

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The Annual Youth and Peace Conference would not be possible without volunteers! Each year we rely on dedicated community members who truly support youth empowerment and peace building in our community. Click the button below for more information and to register to volunteer. 

Volunteer registration for the 2021 YPC closes Monday, November 8th.

Highlights from the 2020 Youth & Peace Conference

Meet 2020 YPC Youth Team

Meet the members of the 2020 YPC Youth Leadership Team who selected the title for the conference “Cultivating Safer Communities by Centering Women of Color” and planned and led the Opening & Closing Ceremonies at the 9th Annual Youth & Peace Conference to highlight this title.

Centering Women of Color

The 2020 Youth Leadership Team filmed interviews with women they chose to exemplify their Mission Statement: "Our mission is to educate our peers in “Cultivating Safer Communities by Centering Women of Color”, as we recognize that when women of color are safe, specifically Black, Indigenous, and trans women, all women are safe. Our hope is to plant a seed for a healthier and safer community for all by offering workshops that unpack systemic and domestic violence, as well as violent ideologies like toxic masculinity, sexism, racism, colorism, and more, and promote healthy social environments and healing. Our growth as a community depends on our willingness to unlearn, learn, and allow ourselves to abolish roots of violence within ourselves and our communities. Ultimately, by centering the safety, health, and happiness of women of color, we begin cultivating peace for all."

Guest Speakers

The 2020 YPC Youth Team also selected two guest speakers for the Opening Ceremony:  Lucero Ramirez (Pueblo High School Teacher – see video on left side below) and Sadie Shaw (running for and now elected to the Tucson Unified School District Governing Board – see video on right side below). Please watch these two videos to hear the powerful messages each speaker shared to inspire today’s youth.

Lucero Ramirez

Sadie Shaw