Friends Journal Youth Voices Project
Youth are being encouraged to write and create on the theme of Peace, Conflict and Justice. You’ll love the results…
Youth Voices Project - Friends Journal
Friends Journal, a Quaker publication, has begun featuring the work of young people writing and creating around the theme of peace. The 2nd Annual Student Voices Project brought in the creative works of over 100 middle school and high school students from 15 schools and educational venues in nine different states. We selected 24 honorees whose submissions were featured in the April 2015 issue. The theme of Peace, Conflict, and Justice was introduced as follows:
Conflict and violence happen all over the world with all kinds of people. Peace also occurs in many communities throughout the world. Peace is often defined as the absence of war or violence, or an agreement to end hostilities. Justice is defined as fairness, equitableness, or moral rightness. Quakers believe that true, lasting peace can never be achieved through violence and that in the pursuit of justice, all people are equal and capable of working together. The Friends peace testimony encourages the promotion of peace and the opposition of war or violence.
We supplied the students with eight specific prompts to choose from for that initial spark of inspiration which leads to great creation. The prompts were categorized under Story Time, Ponder, Get Involved, Inspiration (with a list of quotes from peacemakers), Imagine, Interview, Visual Arts, and Photography.
A pdf is available of the 24 featured submissions from the 2nd Annual Student Voices Project. The 3rd Annual Student Voices Project will be announced in September of 2015. Keep up with the latest updates at friendsjournal.org/studentvoices.