During our first grant cycle in March of 2017, we funded 10 innovative projects that utilized the arts, outreach, and creative educational techniques to promote active nonviolence. See below to learn more about these individual youth projects.

Art Shakedown

Designed by Gianina Spano, this interactive community event aimed to promote peace and unity through mural painting, a drum circle, and meditation. The Art Shakedown took place on Friday, July 14th, 2017 at Cobbs Hill.
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ROCKidsCONNECT

Designed by Griffin Cross in collaboration with Rochester Kids, this student exchange program brought students together from the Pittsford Central School District and an urban Partnerships to Uplift Communities (PUC) charter school to develop a deeper understanding of the racial and socioeconomic diversity in the Greater Rochester community.
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Collaborating to Connect

Designed by Maya Waller and the World of Inquiry Garden club, this project brought together Rochester City School District students and police officers together to paint murals that celebrate diversity, inclusion, and peace for their community gardens.
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Painting Peace

Designed by School 17 Student Council with support from Gina Verdin and Kyle Skovira, this project organized the entire school in painting protest signs and banners for peace and holding a community peace march around the school’s community.
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MCC Upward Bound Police Civilian Talent Slam

Designed by Isabel Hernandez with MCC Upward Bound, this talent show highlighted entertaining acts from police and local youth to promote relationship building. The talent show was hosted at Early College International High School.
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Painting Peace

Designed by School 17 Student Council with support from Gina Verdin and Kyle Skovira, this project organized the entire school in painting protest signs and banners for peace and holding a community peace march around the school’s community.
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Project Awareness

The Institute offered learning opportunities to groups of all kinds on a donation basis. Workshop content was adjusted to best serve the group and included racial justice, leadership, conflict resolution, and nonviolence education.
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Peace and Love

Designed by World of Inquiry student Iyanna Davis, this lesson series for 6th graders addresses bullying and building self confidence by helping students design tie-dye t-shirts with positive messages.
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