City at Peace
Together we can make a city at peace
“City at Peace gave me a purpose in life. It gave me vocabulary for things I had been feeling and gave me a way to express that is healthy, fun, and sometimes hard, but very necessary.”
City at Peace is a youth development program for teens and young adults ages 14-24, which provides a safe, collaborative and nurturing space outside of school and other environments where they can examine issues and conditions that divide them.
City at Peace is rooted in social justice and uses performing arts as a learning tool to develop skills in dance, theatre, voice and stage production, as well as skills in conflict resolution, personal storytelling, empathy, understanding, and leadership.
Program Director: Sandra Holloway
WE COMMIT TO A DECADE OF SERVICE TO THE YOUTH IN OUR PROGRAM.
The goal of City at Peace is to use the arts to develop a diverse group of effective leaders (ages 14-24) who can authentically collaborate, act, think, communicate, and solve challenges through non-violence in any life situation today and in the future to affect positive change.
City at Peace uses theatre and the performing arts as a tool to examine social conditions that marginalize groups of people, with an emphasis on the marginalization of young people, to transform lives. Participants collaborate to engage in cross-cultural examinations, social awareness and social change strategies, non-violent conflict resolution, and leadership training in an effort to create understanding, accountability and forgiveness.
How we Serve
The City at Peace program is structured at its core youth-centered approach, based in four youth development principles. These principles have been recognized by the United Way of the National Capital Area 4. Two emergent themes of Self Development and Building a Compelling Future shaped by these principles address the needs of participants.
Safety and Structure: A perception that one is safe in the world and that daily events are somewhat predictable.
- Feels safe in school, program and neighborhood
- Signs in and out of program
- Enforces rules and regulations with peers
Belonging and Membership: A perception that one values, and is valued by, others in the family and in the community.
- Interacts easily with peers
- Joins or volunteers in one or more organizations or clubs
- Has one or more close friends
Building a Compelling Future
Mastery and Future: a perception that one is making it and will succeed in the future.
- Is able to identify three future goals and how to attain them
- Prepares for or asks questions about the future (e.g. When is the next test?)
- Is able to identify three recent accomplishments
The ability and motivation to gain the functional and organizational skills necessary for employment, including an understanding of careers and options and the steps necessary to reach goals.
- Schedules time and plans ahead
- Follows directions
- Negotiates and problem solves
Creating Positive Change through the Stage: A Conflict Resolution and Arts Teaching Framework for City at Peace
The City at Peace Guided Curriculum is a two-pronged, youth-driven approach steeped in examining unequal social conditions and leads to the creation of strategies to interrupt negative behaviors based on a non-violent approach and developing performing arts skills and technique, empowering youth to create a positive change in their communities.
The City at Peace curriculum framework is derived and driven by youth, co-facilitated by a friendly adult presence, or F.A.P. The framework is youth driven and includes philosophies derived from non-violent activists such as King and Gandhi and is supported by friendly adult presence.
The curriculum is offered in two units. Short-term outcomes are achieved in weeks 1-20, while Mid-term outcomes are achieved in weeks 21-40. Long-term outcomes are achieved beyond 40 weeks as young people’s conflict resolution and performing arts skills are refined and through participation in the Alumni Network and Mentorship programs.
2019-2020 PROGRAM INFORMATION
City at Peace classes are held at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002.
- Session one begins September 25, 2019, 4:00 PM
- Wednesdays 4:00-8:30 PM; Saturdays 10:00-4:00 PM
- City at Peace will perform at and host the Youth Summit at the 2020 Intersections Festival, February 29, 2020
- City at Peace Final Spring Performance at the Atlas June 5 and 6, 2020
- The final day of the program: June 13, 2020
- Additional rehearsals and performances will be scheduled throughout the season
Are you ready for peace?
We are now accepting registrations for City at Peace. All participants must register to participate.
Kassim (K.C.) McNeil
City at Peace Cast member: 1997-2002
“Living in Anacostia, transitioning from public to private school, and back again, I have been told that I would not live to see 18 years old by numerous adults in the school system when I was young. At 16, I became three things. The first was a father to a handsome, and now a successful, young sailor son. The second, a cast member of City at Peace. Finally, a 38 year old black man with a wife and child, working and attending college for game art and design. All of this without a criminal record or any negativity around me. A great deal of this is due City At Peace. This family (as I call them), IS the level of support and positivity that should be in the lives of ALL youth. It doesn’t matter if you are from D.C., Alexandria, Baltimore, or Great falls. I am forever grateful for their guidance, and allowing me to tap my potential through being realistic and direct in this form of Performing Arts. Especially Sandi. I love you, momma. Ginny Lee thanks you from beyond.”
This is how we spread peace
City at Peace is a youth development program rooted in social justice for teens and young adults ages 14-24, which provides a safe, collaborative and nurturing space outside of school and other environments where they can examine issues and conditions that divide them. City at Peace uses performing arts as a learning tool to develop skills in dance, theatre, voice and stage production, as well as skills in conflict resolution, personal storytelling, empathy, understanding, and leadership.