We are excited to announce our newest project in the United States: Building Peaceful Schools.
Violence in schools does not just stay within schools; what happens at school and in the community influence one another. And historically, students of color in Minneapolis and elsewhere have experienced the disproportionate impact of school disciplinary measures. There is another way to build holistic safety for all students.
This new project builds on our previous work in the fall of 2020. As students led the way to reimagine a new model of school safety, NP provided foundational training in relationship-building, violence prevention, and de-escalation to the thirteen Emergency Management, Safety & Security Specialists.
Now, NP will collaborate with Minneapolis Public Schools and the Minneapolis Department of Health to develop a Student Peace Advisory Group. The students will take the lead in developing new school safety initiatives and co-create trainings and engagement strategies to foster the safety and belonging of all.
The project aims to build safer, more peaceful schools through developing skills in relationship-building, violence monitoring, and de-escalation among staff and enhancing self-awareness, self-regulation, de-escalation, protective accompaniment and healthy relationships among students.
This project is made possible thanks to funding from the CDC, as part of a 5-year, $10 million initiative called Preventing Violence Affecting Young Lives. This project is one of 8 projects around the country to receive funding.