Youth Peace Security Program

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