How does your idea help cultivate empathy skills to strengthen communities and equip young people to become leaders of change?
Empathy is the core tenet of Global Majority's (GM) Peacemakers Program. Throughout the course students: improve interpersonal communication; cultivate self-management and social awareness skills; and, learn positive conflict management techniques to successfully promote peace in their daily lives. A key part of the program involves students completing a service project during which they visit elementary school students and teach them conflict management and good decision-making. This interaction requires empathy and leadership. The GM Peacemakers Program enables at-risk students in Salinas to experience emotional growth by providing them with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be positive role models and community leaders of change.
Tell us about your partnerships
Our partners: Monterey County Office of Education, Rancho Cielo Youth Campus, Salinas Community School and Roosevelt Elementary School all have expressed a need for a comprehensive educational approach to curb violent behavior among their students. Our rotating teachers come from the Monterey Institute of International Studies; they gain NGO experience working with real-life conflict and inspire students to pursue higher education.
Major challenges to the program's success are: 1) consistent high quality staff to facilitate the program; 2) funding to implement the program in multiple schools. Our strong tie with the Monterey Institute will continue to provide high quality teachers, but in order to ensure positive programmatic growth, it's desirable to hire one full-time staff within the next year. By increasing awareness around the program's positive impacts, we hope to see a rise in community support and funding. We do this by holding public events about the program, such as thematic panels that students speak on.
Does your project use any of the following approaches to cultivate community members as empathetic and collaborative leaders?
encouraging philanthropy, creating a safe space, developing emotional competency, building leadership skills, group play, storytelling, collective problem-solving, identifying shared values and differences, instilling courage, enabling action.