Passport to Peace was an educational and engaging youth violence prevention initiative that took a proactive approach to youth violence prevention. This was accomplished by engaging Boston’s youth in an innovative and relevant initiative held during the 6th Annual Back to School Block Party for Peace held on August 15, 2015 from 1-6pm on Walnut Ave.
Passport to Peace consisted of three tents during the Block Party that focused on the three important violence reduction and education topics listed below. This initiative was interactive, informative and provided attendees with tangible tools and resources to apply knowledge gained to their everyday lives. Passport to Peace concluded with a call to action for youth attendees and free backpacks full of school supplies to youth attendees.
- Know Your Rights – Led by Teen Empowerment & Boston Police Department
- Youth leaders will hold small group discussions regarding rights and responsibilities during police interactions. Community conversations will be encouraged & printed resources distributed.
- Recognizing Trauma – Led by Boston Public Health Commission & Boston NAACP Youth Council
- Youth (trained by Courtney Grey) demystify the stigma of trauma in communities of color, discuss the particular challenges of addressing trauma related issues but also the services which exist for youth, individuals and families who have experienced violence related trauma.
- Youth Perspectives and Solutions on Violence Prevention – Led by BYSN Youth Committee & Mayor’s Youth Council
- Youth will create two surveys, one to capture voices of youth (age 16-24) and another to capture the voice of the Boston Police Department. Survey results will be released during Passport to Peace.