Youth Peace Security Program

Reflecting on a Dynamical Systems Theory Workshop in Comuna 5, Medellin

by |May 2nd, 2019

Along with the Youth, Peace, and Security program director, Dr. Beth Fisher-Yoshida, program coordinator, Joan Camilo Lopez, facilitated a Systems Thinking and Dynamical Systems Theory (DST) workshop with youth community leaders at Comuna 5, Medellin last February.  The explicit objectives of this workshop were to explore, together with local leaders in Castilla, the dynamics of… read more

YPS Leadership Program Launch Event

by |April 30th, 2019

In conjunction with the School of Professional Studies, we formally launched the Youth, Peace and Security Leadership Program on Wednesday, April 3rd in the Columbia Journalism School’s Pulitzer Hall. The evening included a keynote address by Jayathma Wickramanayake, the UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, who emphasized the importance of programs such as ours in advancing… read more

AC4 Announces New Program for Youth Practitioners: Focus on Youth, Peace and Security Leadership

by |January 25th, 2019

Why Focus on Youth? At 1.8 billion, young people are not only our future, but our undeniable present, critical partners to realizing sustainable peace.  Young people, long-perceived as either victims or perpetrators of violence, are now increasingly viewed as positive agents of change, peacebuilders in their own right. There is a critical need to find… read more

Organic Forms of Mediation and the Profile of the Natural Mediator: A Research Initiative

by |January 16th, 2019

So-called marginal communities find ways to deal with conflicts, as well as, respond to structures of violence and systematic oppression. These responses can take the form of organized leadership that sets in motion strategies of affirmative and collective action. Case in point, are the comunas of Medellin, Colombia. Built during the late 1940’s, 50’s and… read more

Transforming Communities with Youth: Progress at the Social Lab Castilla

by |November 5th, 2018

Just like plants depend on their entire environment that surrounds them in order to flourish and thrive so too does sustainable peace. Both need an environment that suits their needs, and yes, their aspirations. Plants need water, sunlight, carbon dioxide, space, etc. And, in turn, water needs oxygen and hydrogen, space needs time, and so… read more

Ministerial side-event on Youth, Peace & Security – September 28, 10am-12pm, Trusteeship Chamber

by |September 17th, 2018

Friday, Sept 28, 10am-12pm | RSVP Launch of the full version of The Missing Peace: Independent Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security | Ministerial side-event to the 73rd session of the General Assembly AC4 was part of the Steering Committee for and proudly contributed a case study to The Progress Study, which documents young… read more

A Social Lab with Youth Leaders in Colombia

by |August 22nd, 2018

Two activities marked the summer of the Youth, Peace and Security program here. They are two parallel activities that emanate from the same idea: a Social Laboratory. Our program is currently executing a city-wide social lab (Social Lab Medellin), and a localized one in the northwest region of the city, in comuna 5, Castilla (Social… read more

Building Peace in Colombia through Youth Programs

by |May 8th, 2018

Joan Lopez is coordinator of the Youth, Peace and Security Program, working in Medellín, Colombia with youth leaders, youth organizations and AC4 team to foster and share learning on community building initiatives and to develop a youth learning network. Lopez is particularly interested in understanding the role of art in youth resistance movements and its relation to… read more

News from Medellin, Colombia!

by |November 29th, 2017

Working shoulder to shoulder, in partnership, with grassroots organizations has always been the essence of the Youth Peace and Security Program. During the first week of November, the YPS team, Dr. Beth Fisher-Yoshida, Dr. Aldo Civico and Joan C. Lopez, traveled to Medellin, Colombia to hold strategic meetings with partners on the ground, and to… read more

Redefining the Notion of Community Building: Strategic Community Building as Peace Building in Medellín, Colombia

by |October 23rd, 2017

Medellín, Colombia, has been an urban epicenter of political violence for more than 40 years. As the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) concluded their peace negotiations putting an end to more than 50 years of civil war, youth leaders in Medellín continued to find ways to cope with the conflict…. read more