POV is committed to building a world in which young people are active members in the movement to end violence.
We believe that young people are not only the leaders of tomorrow, but also of today. By strengthening and building upon the innate leadership skills of young people, we can help build their resiliency so that they can grow into healthy adults.
Youth Over Violence Leadership Institute
The Youth Over Violence Leadership Institute is a program of the Youth Over Violence (YOV) initiative at Peace Over Violence.
The five-week program is aimed at empowering local youth by educating them on healthy relationships and promoting awareness of teen dating violence. Students are selected to participate in the program based on their interest in making powerful social change in their communities through awareness, advocacy, and policy change. The first three weeks of the institute are dedicated to the In Touch With Teens (ITWT) curriculum, which seeks to help young people think critically about healthy relationships and dating violence. They are empowered to consider the media they consume, and to be advocates and leaders in their communities. During the last two weeks of the Institute, participants have the opportunity to work on creative projects (internships) which can subsequently be used as advocacy tools in their schools and communities. Each internship track is led by community experts and prevention staff members who are familiar with the skills needed to create a quality product. After the summer, youth continue to engage with POV by attending monthly in-services and planning activities and events at their respective schools.
Students Together Organizing Peace (STOP)
STOP Clubs are youth-led leadership clubs supported by POV staff.
STOP Clubs create a space for young people to practice their leadership skills and provide peer to peer education in their schools. Over the course of the school year, STOP Club members plan and host educational events and activities to bust myths about sexual violence and teen dating violence and empower bystander accountability.