Workshops at the 4th Annual Youth & Peace Conference
NOTE: Workshops are open to both youth & adults, unless marked “Youth Only”.
(Both Morning & Afternoon)
WHAT KIND OF EYES DO YOU HAVE? LOOKING DEEPER FOR GREATER UNDERSTANDING
Participants will discuss relevant and potentially stressful everyday situations, which—if left unchecked—could lead to unintentional expressions of violence. Everyone will come to understand, through personal experience, the value and importance of present-moment awareness. Techniques will be taught and practiced to help participants embrace peace and peacefulness and, consequently, positively influence relationships throughout their life—including, and especially, the relationship they have with themselves.
Presented by: P.J.Dixon P.J.’s Wisdom,LLC
NONVIOLENT ANGER CHOOSES LOVE INSTEAD OF HATE
When we express hate and other strong negative emotions, the first person we harm is ourselves. This workshop will explore how hate makes us ill and unable to think clearly. We will consider healthy ways to express anger and some easy steps for bringing the amount of negative language and actions in a conflict down to a normal level where we can actually work out a good solution for everyone.
Presented by: Hassan Clement , Ray Bell Jr., & Cruz Verdugo Nonviolence Legacy Project / Culture of Peace Alliance
BREAK THROUGH COMMUNICATION BARRIERS:
*AN INTRODUCTION TO COMPASSIONATE COMMUNICATION *
Learn new ways to communicate without judgment, blame or criticism and instead create compassionate connections with your family, friends, and community. This interactive presentation will introduce you to a simple approach to more powerful and compassionate relationships through Nonviolent Communication, based on the work of Marshall Rosenberg.
Presented by: Scott Lewis & Susan Lee Cornerstone Coaching
MORNING WORKSHOPS (10:55 AM – 12:10 PM)
GLITTER ME STRESS FREE (Youth Only)
This workshop is designed to empower youth to identify supports they have to manage anxiety, anger, and depression. Peer Leaders within the youth community help workshop participants name people they can trust and turn to in times of stress. Youth participants will create their own art project “Stress Free Glitter Bottles.
Presented by: Sarah Bahnson Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF)
YOU AND YOUR REPTILE: UNDERSTANDING THE NATURE OF YOUR MENTAL EXPERIENCE
An in depth discussion of the challenges and opportunities we encounter in every interaction as we strive to create a kinder community. During this presentation, Jeannette will reflect on her own personal experiences with kindness in the face of devastating grief, as well as her work with Ben’s Bells Project and the power of kindness to transform people and communities. She will discuss the emerging body of research on the science of kindness.
Presented by: Jeannette Maré, Executive Director Ben’s Bells
BUILDING BRIDGES: OPPRESSION, QUEER THEORY AND FORMING ALLIANCES
It is always easier for a person to see his or her oppression than it is to see his or her privilege. However without recognizing the ways that one is privileged where others are oppressed, one cannot be an ally. Participants in this workshop will collectively examine how they are affected by and how they affect others through systems of oppression and privilege. This examination is the key to forming alliances against racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, transphobia and ableism.
Presented by: Patrick Farr The Wingspan Anti-Violence Project
PRACTICE ACTS OF KINDNESS AND COMPASSION – ANTI BULLYING WORKSHOP
The presentation will start with a role play showing a situation where a student is being bullied by a classmate through cell phone and social media. This play will address how kindness, understanding, and communication have the potential to help deal with bullying. After the play, presenters will talk with participants about the negative effects from bullying, types of bullying, and how to recognize and deal with bullying. As each presenter teaches their portion, there will be an activity for participants to apply their understanding about the subject. At the end of the workshop, one of the presenters will talk about how acts of kindness and compassion can have a positive effect on both sides of a bullying situation (the victim and the bully).
Presented by: Student Government Association Executive Board: Lorena Lang (SGA Adviser), Ana Flores, Jah’ Shae Shapree Rutledge, Sergio Gastelum, Daniel Gonzalez, Jose Romero Fred G. Acosta Job Corps
WHAT MAKES YOU YOU!
We will talk about our initial influences, which is that parental influence. That doesn't necessarily mean parents; it could be grandparents, aunts and uncles, whoever brought you home and cared for you initially. The second influence is your peers / friends. This is a tricky time, where you want to do things for your friends, which goes against what your initial influences want you to do. This is always that time where your friends and your parents tend to collide within you. Then comes the last influence, which is self. This is the time when you take the good and the bad influences of your parents and your friends, and you make up what you are by taking the best of both.
Presented by: Kenneth Welch & Sivan Veazie FORCE Kickboxing
AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS (1:40 – 2:55 PM)
VALUES DEBATE: HOW TO TALK ABOUT THE TOUGH STUFF
This workshop will allow participants an opportunity to explore their values, to discuss the challenges that come with identifying their values, and learn how to have clear, respectful, and civil discussions with others regarding their values. Participants will learn how to advocate for themselves, as well as how to really listen to others who have different values from their own.
Presented by: Jai Smith & Angel Brophy RAPP (Reaching Adolescents Prevention Project), Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF)
FRIENDS OF THE WORLD: YOUTH VOICE (UN)BOUND
Friends of the World refugee youth leaders will demonstrate the power of youth-voice by sharing their personal stories via books they made and bound. Participants will be encouraged to find and share their voices by making their own books. We will engage in communication activities and discuss intercultural competence in leadership.
Presented by: Kedar Magar, Andrew Pieper, Saru Chhetri, Shiri Salehin, & Aurora Sartori
Refugee Focus: I AM MUSLIM, I AM PEACE
From my college days participating in a culture of friendship and ‘adab’ – proper etiquette in Islam – to my pilgrimage to Mecca for the Islamic ritual of Hajj, my experiences as a Muslim are full of everyday enactments of peace, so counter to the headline news. Drawing upon both my personal journeys as well as my scholarly evolution as a professor of Peace Studies, this workshop will highlight the importance of studying peace to foster a holistic vision of community, as well as for career development in the contemporary world.
Presented by: Yasmin Saikia, Ph.D. Hardt-Nickachos Chair of Peace Studies & Professor of History Arizona State University
I AM NOT WHO YOU SAY I AM
In this workshop, the presentation includes a skit about the social interactions in a school setting, where youth are judged by the way they look versus who they really are. It will be followed by an in-depth discussion led by youth. The objective of this workshop is to have a greater understanding of how stereotypes play such a crucial part in the lives of youth.
Presented by: Y.E.S Youth Mentors: Anthony Acevedo, Darren Allison, Edward Diaz, Adrian Fernandez, Gabriella Garayzar, Anthony Jimenez Young, Rebecca Lopez, Daniel Quintero, Andrea Vazquez, Alexis Walters, Kayla Williams and MORE… Youth Empowered for Success (Y.E.S.)
FEMINISM IS FOR EVERYBODY! (Youth Only)
No matter what gender you identify with, learning about feminism can help you, your friends and your family. This workshop will introduce you to the basic concepts and history of feminism, the point of which is to help you learn how to apply it to your everyday life. Through interactive games and discussions, this workshop is meant to help the group members teach each other what they already know about feminism. Come and learn what we can all do together to make the world a better place.
Presented by: Yolanda Gomez Wingspan Anti-Violence Project