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