WJC puts students in the driver’s seat at their schools – as community leaders and builders. Our youth empowerment programs teach students how to become peer mediators and lead restorative justice circles. WJC challenges students to link their work as mediators to movements for social change, encourages them to initiate student engagement projects at their schools, and connects them to careers in mediation.
With WJC, students learn core social and emotional skills, such as self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship building and responsible decision-making. These skills are critical building blocks to success in school and in their careers.
Students also delve into issues of equity and justice underlying the social, political and civic roots of conflict. Through the arts, WJC invites students to reimagine their classrooms as peacemaking spaces, to see themselves in places the world tells them they do not belong, and to own their power as mediators, artists and activists.