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! 

We project that School Registration will open on August 24. Registration is FREE.


The Resource Fair at the Annual Youth & Peace Conference is an important opportunity for students to learn about a diverse selection of community resources, especially those organizations that address issues connected with the theme of that year’s conference.  Given that this year’s conference is a virtual event, we are in the process of deciding what is the best way to organize the 2020 YPC Resource Fair and provide access to multiple community resources. We should be ready to reach out to the community by August 10 with a Call to Participate in the 2020 YPC Resource Fair.

We project that the 2020 YPC Resource Fair/Exhibitor Registration will open August 10.


The Call for Workshop Presentations is now open for individuals and organizations in the community to provide a workshop proposal that fits within the conference theme and applies to one or more of the four categories of workshops outlined in the 2020 Call for Workshops. Given that all workshops need to be presented virtually this year, the Workshop Committee is offering assistance for any presenter wanting assistance regarding how to integrate participatory activities into their Zoom workshop. Please read the 2020 Call for Workshops and consider whether you want to submit a proposal.

See attached 2020 Call for Workshops. Deadline for all workshop proposals is extended to NOON on FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 2020.


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. As this year is our first (and hopefully our last) time hosting this conference virtually, our coordinating teams are still carefully considering the roles for this year’s volunteers.

Official volunteer roles AND registration for volunteers will be available by mid-August.

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