Baltimore Area Organizations
Murphy Initiative For Justice and Peace
The Murphy Initiative is envisioned as a common voice of these communities to work collaboratively for social justice and to support and supplement the ongoing justice and peace work within each community.
Kids Meeting Kids
Founded in 1982, Kids Meeting Kids is a non-profit organization which is run by and for youth, ages 5 to 20, who work together and share a common goal of helping to make the world a safer, more peaceful, loving, and just place. We work on projects which promote children’s rights, a fair world, and non-violent solutions to conflicts. Kids Meetings Kids helps young people by helping them to find ways to speak for themselves, take care of each other and the larger community around them.
Published twice a year, Teaching Tolerance magazine showcases innovative tolerance initiatives in schools across the country.
Teaching for Change
Teaching for Change provides teachers and parents with the tools to transform schools into centers of justice where students learn to read, write and change the world.
Skipping Stones is a nonprofit magazine for youth that encourages communication, cooperation, creativity and celebration of cultural and environmental richness. It provides a playful forum for sharing ideas and experiences among youth from different countries and cultures.
This is the magazine of the International Child Art Foundation, sponsor of the World Children’s Festival. The International Child Art Foundation (ICAF) integrates arts education with science, sport and technology for the creative and emotional development of children in the United States and across the globe. We prepare children for a creative and cooperative future, to enable them to lead us into a better world.
This journal is published the International Board on Books for Young People. Bookbird aims to communicate new ideas to the whole community of readers interested in children’s books. From 2005 Bookbird will be open to any topic in the field of international children’s literature. News of IBBY projects and events are highlighted in the Focus IBBY column. Other regular features include coverage of children’s literature studies and children’s literature awards around the world. Bookbird also pays special attention to reading promotion projects worldwide. The editorial office is supported by the Church of Ireland College of Education, Dublin, Ireland.
Peace and Conflict Studies
The journal is committed to academic research on conflict analysis and resolution, peace building, humanitarian intervention, peacekeeping and other mechanisms that seek to prevent and control violence. We are also interested in publishing articles which focus on promoting global social change and nonviolence: ecological balance, development, human rights, peace movements and gender. The journal’s aim is to provide space for the interactive research needed for the accumulation of a knowledge base in peace and conflict research.
Peace, Conflict and Development
Peace, Conflict and Development is a new open-access journal focusing on contemporary issues in Conflict and Peace Studies. It aims to publish innovative and accessible writing on a wide range of topics – human rights, democracy and democratisation, conflict resolution, environment, security, war, culture, identity and community, and other related areas of interest.
The journal is published twice annually – in January and July.
Americans Who Tell the Truth
Dutton has published Americans Who Tell The Truth, the book of the first fifty portraits in this series printed in beautiful color with short biographies and an essay by Robert Shetterly about the intent of the project. The book is suitable for all ages, but its target audience is middle and high school. We have published a free curriculum here on this website for teachers to be able to teach American history through the lives of these people.
Ten Thousand Villages
Inspired by the concept of giving people tools to help themselves, and providing a retail and marketing outlet, Ten Thousand Villages began. Giving the artists a fair price, and guidance to continue their work is central to our mission. Many credit Ten Thousand Villages with the concept of international fair trade as it was a co-founder of Internation Fair Trade Association.
Children’s Defense Fund
Their mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.CDF provides a strong, effective voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby, or speak for themselves. We pay particular attention to the needs of poor and minority children and those with disabilities. CDF encourages preventive investment before they get sick or into trouble, drop out of school, or suffer family breakdown. CDF began in 1973 and is a private, nonprofit organization supported by foundation and corporate grants and individual donations. We have never taken government funds.
United States Institute for Peace.
The United States Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan, national institution established and funded by Congress. Its goals are to help prevent and resolve violent conflicts, promote post-conflict stability and development, and increase peacebuilding capacity, tools, and intellectual capital worldwide. The Institute does this by empowering others with knowledge, skills, and resources, as well as by directly engaging in peacebuilding efforts around the globe. The United States Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan, national institution established and funded by Congress. Its goals are to help prevent and resolve violent conflicts, promote post-conflict stability and development, and increase peacebuilding capacity, tools, and intellectual capital worldwide. The Institute does this by empowering others with knowledge, skills, and resources, as well as by directly engaging in peacebuilding efforts around the globe.
The Nobel e-Museum
The official website of the Nobel Foundation gives information about all Nobel Prize Laureates in Peace and some articles written by them.
National Association for Multicultural Education
National Association for Multicultural Education is an organization that would bring together individuals and groups with an interest in multicultural education from all levels of education, different academic disciplines and from diverse educational institutions and occupations.
NAME today is an active, growing organization, with members from throughout the United States and several other countries. Educators from preschool through higher education and representatives from business and communities comprise NAME’s membership. Members in a number of states have formed NAME chapters and more chapters are in the process of forming.
iEARN is the world’s largest non-profit global network that enables teachers and young people to use the Internet and other newtechnologies to collaborate on projects that both enhance learning and make a difference in the world.
Responding to Conflict
Responding to Conflict is a not-for-profit organisation based in Birmingham, UK.
Since 1991 RTC has been providing advice, cross-cultural training and longer-term support to people who are working for peace, development, rights and humanitarian assistance in societies which are affected or threatened by violent conflict.
Working predominantly with international partners at all levels including grass roots, governmental and international, our aim is to help build the capacity of individuals and their organisations for conflict transformation work and peacebuilding in the areas where it is most needed.
River of Words
River of Words is a California-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We’ve been conducting training workshops for teachers, park naturalists, grassroots groups, state resource agencies, librarians and others since 1995, helping them to incorporate observation-based nature exploration and the arts into their work with young people. In addition to helping improve children’s literacy?and cognitive skills like investigation and critical thinking?River of Words’ multidisciplinary, hands-on approach to education nurtures students’ creative voices as well, through instruction and practice in art and poetry.
EFNV is a joint project of the Metta Center and The Dalai Lama Foundation. The organization comprises educators, students, and others who share this ideal and are interested in working together to make high quality curricula and other resources available to encourage the integration of the ideas and methods of nonviolence into any type of education system. Our vision is to offer educators, students, and schools alternatives to violence in all aspects of their lives
A 501(c)(3) award winning literacy nonprofit, is committed to ensuring that ALL children are exposed to high quality children’s literature during the first years of their lives. We provide libraries of quality, hardback children’s books and read aloud training to over 400,000 children, parents, and teachers in over 1010 sites. Through innovative library and training programs, BMAB reaches low income children and families in preschools, elementary schools, childcare centers, health clinics, homeless shelters, and businesses. We serve some of the neediest children and families across California, in eight other states, and internationally in Hong Kong, China, India, Guatemala, Mexico, the Philippines, Kenya, and soon Malawi.
Seeds of Peace
Founded in 1993, Seeds of Peace is dedicated to empowering young leaders from regions of conflict with the leadership skills required to advance reconciliation and coexistence.Over 450 teenagers participate in Seeds of Peace each summer. The Seeds of Peace International Camp in Maine hosts eight delegations from the Middle East, (Egyptians, Israelis, Jordanians, Moroccans, Palestinians, Qataris, Yemeni, and Tunisians), two from Cyprus: (Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriots), Greeks, Turks, Indians and Pakistanis, Afghans, and five from the Balkans(Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia). The camp also hosts two domestic programs:Beyond Borders and Maine Seeds.
As an educational organization dedicated to peaceful coexistence, Children-of-the-Earth is concerned primarily with intellectual and spiritual growth. Our strategy is to help bring people together that all may have the will and courage to walk in light.
The Goi Peace Foundation (Japan)
The mission of the Goi Peace Foundation is to bring together people in wisdom, united in their hearts toward the common goal of peace on Earth. By encouraging public awareness of peace and by building cooperation among individuals and organizations in all fields, including education, science, culture and the arts, we aim to build an international peace network and to stimulate the global trend toward a culture of peace.
Bridges of Peace
Mission: To build Bridges of Peace among people in this world One Life at a Time through our charity projects and the arts….
Bridges of Peace is an inclusive organization who invites everyone to get involved with this mission.
The Conflict Center
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The Conflict Center, in its commitment to provide quality services and products, has adopted the principles outlined in the U.S. Department of Health, “Best Practices.” Their staff can help you and your school apply “Best Practices” to your specific needs to assure your intervention/prevention program will be effective. They can help you in defining specific “learning objectives” as they pertain to violence reduction, bully proofing, anger management, and conflict management.They can then assist you in selecting the most cost effective, evidence-based program for your particular needs.
The Conflict Center understands that an effective Violence Prevention / Peacemaking intervention program for your school requires more than a curriculum. To be effective, the intervention program must address the unique needs of your students, consider the educational goals of your school’s staff and local administration, respect the views of your community, and comply with State and Federal guidelines.
Association for Conflict Resolution
The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) is a professional organization dedicated to enhancing the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution. ACR represents and serves a diverse national and international audience that includes more than 6,000 mediators, arbitrators, facilitators, educators, and others involved in the field of conflict resolution and collaborative decision-making. Anyone interested in the field of conflict resolution is welcome to join.
Syracuse Cultural Workers
Cultural Workers (SCW) is a peace and justice publisher founded in 1982. The create and publish visual materials, like calendars, posters, and cards, that are feminist, lesbian/gay allied, racially inclusive, and honor elders and children. They also distribute selected products, like books, music and video, to complement our offerings.
Their stated mission is to help create a culture that honors diversity and celebrates community; that inspires and nurtures justice, equality and freedom; that respects our fragile Earth and all its beings; that encourages and supports all forms of creative expression.
Educators for Social Responsibility
This organization began working with New York City schools in 1985, ESR (located in Cambridge, Mass.) helps educators create safe, caring, respectful, and productive learning environments. They also help educators work with young people to develop social skills, emotional competencies, and qualities of character they need to succeed in school and become contributing members of their communities. Offers on-site training and a peer mediation component.
National Association for the Education of Young Children
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8. NAEYC is committed to becoming an increasingly high performing and inclusive organization.Founded in 1926, NAEYC is the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children with nearly 100,000 members, a national network of over 300 local, state, and regional Affiliates, and a growing global alliance of like-minded organizations.Membership is open to all individuals who share a desire to serve and act on behalf of the needs and rights of all young children.
National Association of School Psychologists
NASP represents school psychhttp://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/batchelderaward/index.cfmology and supports school psychologists to enhance the learning and mental health of all children and youth.
Peace Education Foundation
To educate children and adults in the dynamics of conflict and promote skills of peacemaking in our homes, schools, community, the nation, and the world.
Books and videos in School Counseling, Special Education, Psychology, Counseling and Therapy, Parenting, Death and Dying, and Developmental Disabilities.
Free Spirit is the leading publisher of learning tools that support young people’s social and emotional health. Everyday life presents many challenges for kids, from home to school to the wider world. No matter how many choices and changes young people face, our mission of some 25 years remains the same: to help children and teens think for themselves, succeed in life, and make a difference in the world.
The Responsive Classroom is an approach to teaching and learning that fosters safe, challenging, and joyful elementary classrooms and schools. Created by classroom teachers and backed by independent research, itconsists of practical strategies for bringing together socialNortheast Foundation for Children, Inc., a non-profit organization in Turners Falls,Massachusetts, is the developer of the Responsive Classroom approach and offers professional development, services, and International materials.
The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) is a non-profit organization which represents an international network of people from all over the world who are committed to bringing books and children together. Consider attending their bi-yearly conference and meet book enthusiasts from all over the world.
City Hearts: Kids Say ‘Yes’ To The Arts is committed to intervene in a loving, supportive and nurturing way to break the cycle of poverty, neglect, abuse, homelessness, delinquency and violence that destroys the lives of our children. Through the discipline and healing of classes, workshops and performing experiences in the Arts, City Hearts provides positive role models, enrichment and inspiration for our children to learn to be productive, creative, law-abiding members of society.
Earth Rights Institute
Earth Rights Institute is dedicated to securing a culture of peace and justice by establishing dynamic worldwide networks of persons of goodwill and special skill, promoting policies and programs which further democratic rights to common heritage resources, and building ecological communities.
Psychologists for Social Responsibility
Psychologists for Social Responsibility is a vibrant, diverse, and growing community of members and supporters. Spanning a range of disciplinary perspectives and professional backgrounds, we share a commitment to the application of psychological knowledge in addressing today’s pressing societal challenges and in building cultures of peace with social justice.
The PeaceJam Foundation
The PeaceJam Foundation provides five curricular programs that explore the stories of 12 Nobel Peace Laureates and the ways they overcame problems in their communities. Youth study the personal experiences of these amazing world leaders and then engage in service-learning activities that address local needs. Check out the site for books and clothing as well.
PeaceBike, an Oregon based non-profit is creating an educationaldatabase of maps, journals, photos, and movies to teach kids around the world about each other. The PeaceBike’s mission is to ride the globe, connect kids, and help build peace. Educator/cyclists at PeaceBike have visited with over 20,000 students in 25 countries since 1999. At each school they ask young people to join them in a friendship revolution. Over one thousand kids are now spreading peace and breaking down prejudice by becoming Peacebike Pen Pals or E-mail Pals. Thousands of additional kids and young people have pledged to be peacemakers in their families and communities.
Peace Learning Center (Indiana)
Peace Learning Center (PLC) is an educational institution teaching peacebuilding and conflict resolution skills to youth and adults. PLC demonstrates safe and common ways to deal with conflict and differences.
Children of the Earth
Journalists, educators, and activists keep up to date on the important work of peacemaking by reading this popular and respected magazine from Canada. Four times a year we publish articles, news stories, book and film reviews, letters, and a Peace Crossword. We discuss disarmament; conflict resolution; nonviolent sanctions; peace institutions (e.g. the United Nations and the World Court); conflicts and crises around the world; profiles of activists and researchers; and controversies about development, population, and environmental protection.
Roots and Shoots
The Roots & Shoots program is about making positive change happen?for our communities, for animals and for the environment. And it all starts with you! With tens of thousands of youngpeople in almost 100 countries, the Roots & Shoots network branches out across the globe, connecting youth of all ages who share a common desire to help make our world a better place. This powerful, youth-driven network fosters a fun, flexible and supportive environment where young people and adults alike come together to share ideas and inspiration, implement successful community service projects and participate in special events and global campaigns. This is a program of the Jane Goodall Institute.
The Goals of this organization are to embrace the people of the Americas in common struggle for justice, human rights and sustainable economies, to work to inform the public about Latin America and to help forge a movement of change, and to recognize that their fight is our fight as athe global economy weaves a fabric of interdependence.
The Dalai Lama Foundation
The mission of the Dalai Lama Foundation is to support the development of our shared global capacity for ethics and peace, based on a non-dogmatic ethic of compassion.
Maryland United for Peace and Justice
MUPJ is a statewide networking organization which tries to network between the many groups and individuals working for peace, justice and a clean environment in a world which uses nonviolent means of conflict resolution, moves toward sustainable energy, and development and is fair and just to all humans and the earth.
Peace Fleece is not your typical yarn company.
The Peace Fleece office is a barn on a sheep farm in Maine. Peter Hagerty and his wife Marty Tracy started buying wool from the Soviet Union back in 1985 in hopes that through trade they could help diffuse the threat of nuclear war. Since then they have worked with shepherds in Russia, Kyrgyzia, Israel and the West Bank, as well as in Montana, Ohio, Texas and Maine. By working with people who tend livestock every day, they hope to find a common ground that slowly leads to mutual understanding and economic interdependence. After twenty-one years, their goals remain the same.
The Notable Books for a Global Society (NBGS) Committee, part of the IRA CL/R SIG, selects each year a list of outstanding trade books for enhancing student understanding of people and cultures throughout the world. Winning titles include fiction, nonfiction, and poetry written for students in grades K-12. The winning titles each year are announced at the International Reading Association Convention. An article describing the selections is included in the fall issue of The Dragon Lode.
The first list was published in 1996. Dr. Yvonne Siu-Runyan is the IRA CL/R SIG member who conceived the idea and shepherded the creation of this award list.
This citation is awarded to an American publisher for a children’s book considered to be the most outstanding of those books published in a foreign language and translated into English.
Episcopal Peace Fellowship
EPF is a national organization with local chapters across the United States. While we are affiliated with the Episcopal Church in America, we are an independent entity striving to work for peace in justice in our communities, our church, and the world.
Human Rights and Peace Education
To make Human Rights and Peace Education books, curricula, posters, training guides, multi-media materials, gifts, bookmarks, kindness currency, and other resources easily accessible to educators, students, community organizers, youth workers, and parents.
This special collection of Human Rights and Peace Education products represents years of research and networking to find through links with partnering human rights and peace organizations, publishers, small presses, and other hard-to-find community-based initiatives.
QuakerBooks of FGC provides literature and other resources for Friends and Friends’ meetings throughout North America and the world.
This organization began in 1992 with an all volunteer staff and seven children in Sioux City, IA. Since that time, Young Peacemakers Clubs have started all over the world by people who believe that each life makes a difference in the world. The skills of peacemaking have been promoted by this global grassroots effort in such diverse settings as schools, churches, homes, community centers, and as a special focus in other existing organizations. In 2002 alone, children in 58 countries were impacted by this peacemaking message.
National Peace Essay Contest
In a 1500-word essay, state what you believe are the necessary elements for the development of fair, peaceful, or effective use of natural resources after a conflict. Analyze two case studies that illustrate your arguments by selecting two foreign conflicts in which natural resources have played a part. Of the two foreign conflict situations, at least one must have begun in or after 1999. Describe the role natural resources played in each conflict.
- Explain how the issues of natural resources were resolved or attempted to be resolved in the settling of each conflict.
- What are the similarities and differences between the two cases you have chosen?
- Was one settlement more successful than the other? Why?
- What are the similarities and differences between the two cases you have chosen?
- Based on your analysis, give your recommendations for how countries coming out of conflict can resolve issues around natural resources in order to build a lasting peace, and how the international community can help in that effort.
Peace Around the World” is the theme of the 2007-08 Peace Poster Contest. Lions clubs can sponsor the program in their community for children in local schools or organized, sponsored youth groups. Students, ages 11, 12 or 13 on November 15, are eligible to participate. Through the contest, students are encouraged to visually depict their interpretation of the contest’s theme.