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When is the next PeaceMakers class?

Be on the LOOK OUT for the date of the next PeaceMakers class.  2017 PeaceMaker Application

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Akron PeaceMakers "Teens for Akron Team" call (330) 375-2712

Who is eligible to participate?

Any high school student (grades 9 through 11) who resides within the Greater Akron area and is willing to commit the time necessary to complete the program are eligible. Participation criterion includes:

  • Have passing grades at the time of application.
  • Willing to make a commitment of sixteen (16) hours of meetings for the duration of spring, summer or fall orientations of the PeaceMakers.
  • Must be currently enrolled in grades 9th through 11th at a public or private school, or who are home schooled, in the Greater Akron Area.
  • And, interview with the Mayor’s Community Relations Office staff prior to starting date.

What is the cost?

Participants pay nothing; snacks and supplies will be provided at no charge.

Participants are responsible for their own transportation!

What is the maximum number of participants?

The PeaceMakers will host up to 25 participants, per orientation cycle, who successfully complete the application and interview process.

What will I learn? What will I do?

The participants will be working to enhance the anti-crime efforts of the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations, the police department and community groups, while also identifying issues that affect them as a group and their community. They will then plan and take action to eliminate those issues. Participants will also get well-rounded understanding of how city government works.

Then what happens?

Graduates are eligible to serve on the Mayor’s PeaceMakers Youth Advisory Council, which serves in an advisory capacity for City staff, makes suggestions for new youth programs and changes to existing programs, serves as voice for anti-crime and anti-violence initiatives and presents an annual report to the Mayor of the City of Akron.

Okay, well what’s in it for me?

Letter of recommendation from City administration, to include with your college application scholastic community service hours for the time you spend with PeaceMakers (subject to approval of school officials). A solid understanding of City departments and the services provided to citizens a chance to serve on the PeaceMakers Youth Advisory Council and set the standard for TEENS INVOLVED IN YOUR COMMUNITY.

"There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected, that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want and that they grow up in peace."

Kofi Annan, in "Forward" to The State of the World’s Children 2000



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