What does it mean to build peace? People around the world are asking this question, including the Ubuntuworks Project, which considers peacebuilding as one of its main principles. To build peace requires the development of nonviolent relationships that defy boundaries, and the transformation of the structural conditions, such as inequities, that create conflict. Peacebuilding stretches across generations and maintains a long-term perspective.
The Ubuntuworks Resource Hub provides organizations and individuals with data, stories, studies and support for a more connected and compassionate world.
The River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding’s (RPCP) mission is to enrich the lives of individuals, families, and communities by providing and promoting the best practices and principles of peacebuilding and global sustainability. RPCP is a mission-driven organization working toward prevention, intervention, and healing from conflict and violence. Founded in 2012 by Jeffrey Weisberg and Heart Phoenix in 2012, the Center’s primary objectives are to provide cutting edge programs, trainings, events, and services; build bridges of peace (collaboration, coordination and partnerships with other organizations); and create a translatable model for communities worldwide.
The RPCP has established key initiatives throughout the world, including:
- Facilitating training in Restorative Justice and Restorative Practices for over 2000 educators, school administrators, social workers, law enforcement officers, mental health providers, and juvenile justice professionals throughout the U.S., Europe, and the Philippines.
- Hosting and providing training for over 300 international practitioners and students, in partnership with the US Department of State
- Conducting over 130 Police and Educator/Youth Dialogues with over 3000 participants
- Partnering with local law enforcement agencies to help reduce juvenile arrests by 53% in Gainesville, from 2014 to 2020
- Delivering training in Trauma Responsive Community initiatives for over 1200 adults.
To learn more about how the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding is working toward prevention, intervention, and healing from conflict and violence, visit https://www.centerforpeacebuilding.org.
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