Each semester, between 60 and 80 Columbia University students go in small groups for one hour per week to local elementary schools in Harlem to teach conflict resolution to 1st through 6th grade students. In our curriculum, we use a lot of interactive discussions, skits, activities, and games to teach about conflict, community, communication, bullying, and many other topics. We emphasize non-violence and cooperation to help empower our students to think about their conflicts more peacefully. At the end of the year, all the Peace by PEACE students come to Columbia for the annual Festival to celebrate their accomplishments.
Peace by PEACE volunteers are trained at the beginning of the semester and are placed in classrooms that fit their schedules--our scheduling is very flexible. Each classroom is made up of a mixture of returning and new volunteers, and each co-group has at least one experienced member of our Steering Committee to help guide you through the curriculum. You can be involved regardless of your experience with kids or teaching! Volunteers develop rewarding relationships with both the students they teach and their co-group.
Peace by PEACE is entirely student-run and is the largest service group in Community Impact at Columbia.
In order to contact Community Impact, or our advisor, Andrea Summers, please use:Community Impact