Peace Week Activity Book
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How the YMCA Defines Peace
YMCA believes peace is more than the absence of violence and conflict. Peace is the ongoing work of building and rebuilding conditions of fairness, inclusion, empathy, security, and respect for diversity.
P = Participation – getting involved and encouraging others to get involved in community-building activities
E = Empathy – listening and understanding diverse perspectives to create a sense of belonging for all
A = Advocacy – making the case for positive change in the community
C = Community – building and strengthening community connections and capacity
E = Empowerment – inspiring others to foster peace and helping them gain the skills and tools to succeed
YMCA Peace Week
- For 30 years, YMCA Peace Week offer activities that help children, youth and adults explore peace from personal, community and global perspectives.
- YMCA Peace Week asks people to: Build community. Act for peace. When people act for peace, they build community by promoting a sense of belonging, fostering empathy, embracing pluralism and addressing the social determinants of health.
- Peace-building is core to YMCA values and is part of our work year round. YMCA Peace Week is a vehicle for educating Canadians about peace in all its dimensions.
Peace Week Medallions
- As part of YMCA Peace Week, many YMCAs present the YMCA Peace Medallion to individuals or groups who, without any special resources, status, wealth or position, demonstrate a commitment to the values of PEACE through contributions made within their local, national or global community.
- Since 1987, more than 1,500 individuals and groups across Canada proudly identify themselves as YMCA Peace Medallion recipients.