“Pebbles of Peace” to explore strategies against bullying

Monday, November 5, 2012 10:55:00 PM

Tomorrow’s Present, a youth leadership program of Cardinal Stritch University’s Leadership Center, will hold its annual “Pebbles of Peace Outweighing Boulders of Violence” workshop on Nov. 6 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in the Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center, located in Bonaventure Hall on the Stritch campus.

“Pebbles of Peace” is a day-long youth forum that brings together high school students from all over the metro Milwaukee area. With support from the House of Peace Teen Leaders, participants explore violence in Milwaukee and how to empower youth to advocate for a peaceful city by designing and implementing projects that address violence in their schools and neighborhoods.

This year’s event will focus on the growing issue of bullying.

Because of the seriousness of this issue, several local community, religious and business leaders will be in attendance, including State Senator Lena Taylor, Judge Phil Chavez, Captain Michael Brunson of the Milwaukee Police Department, and representatives of Milwaukee Public Schools, the Milwaukee Police Department, the State of Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance, and others.

A number of Milwaukee nonprofit and neighborhood organizations will also be represented, including Agape Community Center, Casa Romero, Project Ujima, House of Peace, Hmong American Friendship Association, Holton Youth and Family Services, Neighborhood House of Milwaukee and others. Several local high schools are also sending delegations.

“We’re focused on providing practical tips for teenagers to help end bullying in their school or organization,” said Sean Lansing, director of youth leadership programs and Tomorrow’s Present in Stritch’s Leadership Center. “What makes this event so unique is that it’s for and by teenagers. We have 21 high schoolers who have spent the last three months preparing to lead this forum, who are committed to peacemaking and ensuring Milwaukee is a better, more peaceful place to live and learn.”

Each year, “Pebbles of Peace” begins with a youth forum in the fall that gathers high school students from different churches, schools and organizations and gives them an opportunity to learn about violence and talk about possible solutions. Then each group designs a project to address violence in some way. Then those participants gather again the following spring to share what peacemaking projects were created and celebrate successes.

Learn more about “Pebbles of Peace Outweighing Boulders of Violence” and Tomorrow’s Present here