What are the PeaceMakers?
The PeaceMakers is an anti-crime/youth civic program designed to
facilitate Akrons youth about their government, community organizations and police.
Participants will learn about Akrons history, tour City facilities and get a
behind-the scenes look at how city government works. The PeaceMakers also affords the
opportunity to meet City officials and department heads one-on-one. The program is
sponsored by the Mayors
Office of Community Relations.
In 2007, Mayor Don Plusquellic expressed a desire to do more with
neighborhoods and youth. It was his plan to have a youth element within the community that
he could reach out to, talk to, bounce ideas off of and take the pulse of young people in
the city of Akron.
His thought was to develop a youth advisory council and asked Billy
Soule to head up that initiative. Believing that young people, in order to advise the
mayor, needed to have an understanding of how government works in the community; Mr. Soule
created PeaceMakers. The project was developed to give young people an education on the
process of government, public safety, civic responsibility, and community organizations.
And, A VOICE!
PeaceMakers Mission Statement
To promote "peace in the city" (Akron) by educating youth
through an ongoing comprehensive youth civic and anti-crime program; providing leadership
skills and an understanding on how government, police and organizations work together to
keep the community strong and safe; and, to provide our youth with the tools to help in
supports the Akron PeaceMakers program. Goodyear believes by encouraging our young people
to learn about and participate in our community's civic and safety organizations, we give
them opportunities to become engaged in what makes our city work. Engagement leads to
ownership which opens the doors for teens to become involved in activities that positively
impact our city."
Faith S. Stewart
Director of Community Affairs
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company