Peace Leaders is a grassroote initiative which takes the UN security resolution 2250 into action. They provide training for youth in leadership, group process, project management, conflict management and empowerment.
ORCA have been chosen to develop the brand of the new Peace Leaders initiative, and will be creating an interactive portal for their staff to store content and training documents for future programmes. This portal acts as a global information hub where the wider team and course participants can learn new processes, find new training programs or session plans, and develop their skills both as a mentor and a community worker.
Fryshuset – the brains behind Peace Leaders – is often referred to as the largest youth centre in the world – but it is actually much more than that. Above all, it is a vision based on the conviction that encouragement, confidence, responsibility and understanding are necessary to enable young people to develop their innate abilities and find their way into society. Based in Sweden, Fryshuset was founded in 1984 as a result of joint efforts by the YMCA of Stockholm and other local charities.
Fryshuset’s latest leadership programme, Peace Leaders, targets largely unspoken voices in today’s society. There are an abundance of young people who want to make change in the world but simply lack the tools to do so which is where Peace Leaders can step in, by giving them the tools they need to make change. Fryshuset believe that international institutions like the UN should be considering the voices of the youth in their decisions, so this grassroots movement will enable those with ‘no voice’ to become benefactors for change, spreading from local communities, throughout parliament and so on.
The initiative, which focuses on strengthening other’s knowledge with the issues of peace and security, started this month in Fortaleza, Brazil. Peace Leaders recruited and trained young professionals to be facilitators and leaders to other youths on the programme who will gain the skills they need to make an impactful change in their local community.
Today, Fryshuset appeared on Radio 4 show ‘What Happened Last Night in Sweden‘ for the positive impact their work is having on the local communities.