The Circle Keepers Present
The 2024 Peace and Justice Youth Conference is a youth led, adult supported, in person, full day conference featuring workshops, performances and roundtables seeking to promote liberatory practices that divest from punitive justice and that interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline by engaging students in school based restorative justice and transformative justice theory and praxis. Our hope and dream is to engage 200 youth from across NYC Public Schools and community based organizations for this Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) conference aimed to co-create a community of youth co-investigators researching what peace and justice means.
The Circle Keepers envision this event as “a space for youth to lead and discuss topics about what peace and justice means for people in our communities and beyond”. They added: “We outside! This event will be for youth and by youth! Equal parts conference with educational content, party with activism and entertainment and finally an opportunity to connect amongst youth leaders from grades 8 through freshmen in college!”
SUBMIT A WORKSHOP PROPOSAL!
The 2024 Peace and Justice Youth Conference will be held on Saturday, April 27th, 2024 at a location TBD (most likely in downtown Brooklyn). It is a youth-led full day conference featuring workshops, performances and roundtables seeking to promote liberatory practices that divest from punitive justice and that interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline by engaging youth in school based restorative justice and transformative justice theory and praxis.
In our Peace + Justice conference we are looking for groups that provide a space for community building and righteousness for all to learn about peace and justice and to then bring those lessons to their own communities.
Request for Adult Allies Proposals: Please sign up to support and plug in to be an adult ally! Supporting youth in their amazing project has been one of the most fulfilling and meaningful experiences of my life as an educator. Let’s connect on it! The link is: https://tinyurl.com/peaceandjusticecomrades
Our YPAR Research Methods
Our youth collective chose surveys, focus groups, one on one interviews and photovoice as their chosen methodologies for data collection! Join us in our journey!
How to Support Us?
We are aiming to raise $11K in order to pay the steering committee of high school seniors $15 an hour for their labor as well as to pay for logistical costs associated with the conference. We have partnered with ioby to collect tax-deductible donations! Please share this far and wide, as we believe in the power of community in helping community achieve our goals, as a counter narrative in our capitalistic society!
All this information is also on our Link Tree. Thank you so much for all you do as educators and I hope to hear from you and connect around our Youth Conference!
Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR)
Stay tuned for more youth participatory action research prompts, pictures and media!