Safe Spaces

Ensure there is always a safe space for conversation. This is a space to gather, a place that honors, respects and makes people feel they can collaborate safely inside. Safe spaces also need to be developed for youth after school to ensure they have a safe place to be, away from any violence of their communities and homes. Have youth identify safe spaces in their neighborhoods, homes, classroom or school. Many peace building activities listed here can take place within a Safe Space (i.e.: Peace Flower, Peer Mediation). Allow youth to decorate the space to make them feel that they own it. What do youth need from the adults around them in order to respect boundaries as well as nourishing a sense of peace?