Peace Skills Are Life Skills Workshops

Focusing on peace leadership skills, community building, and outreach. Among our workshop trainers is Paul Chappell, a West Point graduate and Iraq War veteran who is now a leading authority on and teacher of peace.  He will offer a second workshop in Fall 2014 on strategic peace-based approaches to handling conflict in our lives, our work, and our political engagements in the world.  Full student scholarships will be available to ensure access.

October 2013 Peace Leadership Workshop with Paul K. Chappell

Why this workshop?  Because Peace Skills Are Life Skills

This workshop is designed for students and young adults, who want to facilitate change in this world by developing the skills necessary to resolve conflicts, communicate effectively, build strong grassroots movements, be an effective member of an organization, and to help organize communities in order to further the causes of peace & justice. And, equally important, these are skills that will help you in everyday life!


Thanks to a grant from the United States Institute of Peace, 23 people from around the U.S. and Canada came together for a two-day workshop with Paul K. Chappell. There was a diverse cross section of gender, race, and age (15 years old and up). Amazing things can happen when you bring a group of strangers together to talk about peace. It’s so much more than just the absence of war. True peace comes from the inside out. People must be willing to do the inside work in order to do the outside work and that takes courage and commitment. The excitement generated from this workshop is fueling another workshop with Paul that will take place in Springfield, MA in April of 2014. This next workshop will be a 2-day workshop geared towards inner city youth as inspired by Arise for Social Justice’s Youth for Justice Committee. The Committee has been formed by the teenagers and young adults who attended the October workshop. They are continuing to work with Paul and are developing an impressive street campaign around “Know your rights”.