The Goal: 1 Million Peace Makers by 2020
This is concerned with peace at a personal level, dealing with both spiritual and emotional/psychological dimensions. Emotional and psychological problems such as eating disorders and depression are increasingly affecting young people in our modern society.
It is estimated that 11% of American high school students have been diagnosed with an eating disorder, with children in the United Kingdom as young as 7 years of age being formally diagnosed with such conditions. Studies also indicate that one in five children has some sort of mental, behavioral, or emotional problem, and that one in ten may have a serious emotional problem. The rate of increase of depression among children is an astounding 23% a year and even more shocking is the fact that suicide is the sixth leading cause of death among children. Although problems as severe as these require medical intervention, such problems are indicative of the pressures facing young people generally. There needs to be somewhere that young people can turn to in order to find resources to help in tackling today’s problems. Peace3 aims to encourage self-awareness and provide tools by which young people can come closer to achieving inner peace.
In addition to personal problems and anxieties, bullying is also a serious problem for children and young people, with an estimated thirty percent (30%) of U.S. students in grades six through ten involved in moderate or frequent bullying, either as bullies, as victims, or as both, according to a 2001 survey by the American Justice Department.
However, research has shown that giving young people tools such as avoidance strategies and teaching them how to stand up for themselves in a non-violent ways can help when it comes to being bullied. The survey also found that 9 percent of students said they were threatened or injured with a weapon in 2001, a slight increase from two years previously. Teenagers say that revenge is the strongest motivation for school shootings, revenge for bullying or making fun of them. Young people need to be taught that revenge is not the answer when faced with bullying and violence. Through Peace3, we can teach young people forgiveness and reconciliation methods with which to prevent and overcome conflict.[/wpex]
Exposure to news broadcasts has increased awareness and concern among young people about what is happening in the world, and about conflicts and violence in particular.
Young people need to learn not only about the conflicts themselves, but about how they are being addressed and what role they can play in helping resolve conflicts peacefully. Peace3 plans to teach young people about these issues and show them that, despite their age, they can make a difference in the world.