Research has shown that by adolescence youth have often internalized negative social stereotypes of themselves and others. These negative attitudes and beliefs are a frequent cause of low self-esteem and interpersonal conflicts. Therefore, a cornerstone of any effective conflict management program must be education that seeks to dispel stereotypes and encourage meaningful dialogue among youth of different backgrounds. These conversations are difficult to achieve within normal classroom or social settings, where research has shown they are often “superficial and truncated,” “conflict-driven,” and “met with fear and avoidance.” However, effective education and dialogue facilitated by experienced professionals, such as Youth Voices Center, can help youth embrace their vulnerability as an opportunity to build empathy and understanding.
Research confirms that pro-social bonding to positive adult role-models can help youth avoid potential interpersonal violence. Furthermore, youth dealing with the normal difficulties of adolescence and the added challenges of their environment benefit tremendously from positive youth development experiences that foster self-efficacy, clear and positive identity, belief in the future, and pro-social involvement. The Power of Peace workshop is a unique opportunity for youth to voice their fears and concerns in a supportive environment that will show them that they are neither alone nor victims of circumstance.
Reports on Program Efficacy
A six statement pre-survey and a seven statement post-survey, is administered each year in various schools to assess the effectiveness of the Power of Peace Program. Areas like self respect, respect towards others, and self perception are tested to indicate the impact Power of Peace has on its participants. Below are reports from 2008 until the present. Reports are generated and issued at the start of the following year from which data is collected.
Aggregate Report 2014 (view/download PDF document)
Westchester County Aggregate Program Report 2014 (view/download PDF document)
Aggregate Report 2013 (view/download PDF document)
Aggregate Report 2012 (view/download PDF document)
Aggregate Report 2011 (view/download PDF document)
Aggregate Report 2010 (view/download PDF document)
Survey Results 2008-2009 (view/download PDF document)
Survey Results 2007-2008 (view/download PDF document)