A standard-based curriculum designed to stimulate youths' critical thinking skills, strengthen their research skills, increase their conflict resolution and leadership skills, and promote reflection and action. This part of the curricula also puts youth into an authentic role of being peacemakers. Youth generate ideas for their own service-learning projects within the framework of the Global Call to Action that address the root causes of the most pressing issues facing their communities including poverty, racism, violence, and environmental problems.
Youth explore the personal stories of 14 Nobel Peace Laureates-most of whom have overcome tremendous challenges. Each Laureate's choice to stand up against negative forces and to solve problems in their own countries through nonviolence serves as inspiration for youth as they work to address the issues they are most passionate about. Youth analyze the skills, knowledge, and attributes that allowed the Laureates to be successful in their work. Youth also explore their own beliefs, actions, and choices and how to put their talents, skills, and passion to work for positive change.
PeaceJam puts youth in the authentic position of being peacemakers and peace builders who address the most pressing issues of our time in both local and global communities. Youth will use the framework of PeaceJam's Global Call to Action to implement creative projects that address the root causes of such issues as extreme poverty, disease, racism, violence, environmental degradation, human rights, and the proliferation of weapons. PeaceJam offers all young people the opportunity to step into powerful leadership roles that will make a lasting and sustainable impact.