We invite high schools in Tucson and Southern Arizona to register a select group of your students to participate in the 9th Annual Youth and Peace Conference! This year's conference is being presented virtually on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, using Zoom and You Tube platforms provided by Pima Community College.  


The conference is focused this year on issues related to gender-based violence. Youth Team members have expressed their interest in focusing on uplifting the voices of marginalized women, including Black/African American, Latina, Indigenous, and Trans women, emphasizing how, if these communities are safe, our community as a whole is safer for everyone. Workshops, dialogue circle conversations, a resource fair and opening and closing ceremonies provide multiple opportunities for students to gain important information and share their viewpoints and perspectives on these core aspects of social- emotional learning.  Join us in helping ensure your students’ future success by exposing your students to an environment that fosters positive relationships among peers, teachers and the community! 

Both School Registration & Youth Registration are currently closed.


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 2020 YPC Resource Fair this year, we are inviting community organizations to provide a video or ad to explain your programs and services for youth and young adults. These videos and ads will be posted on the YPC Facebook page (Facebook.com/youthandpeace) beginning on Monday, Sept. 21 (which is International Day of Peace) and continuing during the week leading up to the virtual conference on September 25, 2020.

These videos and ads from community organizations and other information posted about the 2020 YPC remain active on the YPC Facebook page.


The 2020 YPC Call for Workshops is now closed. A total of 14 workshops have been selected to address topics that relate to the general conference focus on gender-based violence and apply to one or more of these four categories of workshops at the 2020 Youth & Peace Conference: 

1.  Identifying & Resisting Root Causes of Violence;

2.  Violence Impacting Marginalized Communities;

3.  The Role of Media in Community Conflicts and Violence;

4.  Healing from Violence and Building Healthy Social Environments.


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


See the attached list of Workshops being presented at the 2020 YPC. 


This conference would not be possible without volunteers! Each year we rely on dedicated community members who truly support youth and peace in our community. This year is our first time hosting this conference virtually. Please see the attached Volunteer Information page for details about how to sign up to volunteer for the 9th Annual Youth & Peace Conference, being held Friday, Sept. 25 from 8 AM to 1 PM. Most volunteer “jobs” are happening on the morning of the conference, although some are needed during the week leading up to the 2020 YPC and a few are needed the week after the conference.

Volunteer Registration for the 2020 Youth & Peace Conference is now closed.

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