YOUTH VOICES CENTER

Power of Peace...Inspiring Lives

New Rochelle, NY   |  www.youthvoicescenter.org

Mission

Youth Voices Center, established in 2008, has the sole MISSION of improving the quality of life of young people through Positive Youth Development in a safe and supportive environment, encouraging youth to become active, productive members of their families, schools and communities.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Michael Arterberry

Main address

111 Lockwood Ave Suite 614

New Rochelle, NY 10801 USA

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EIN

26-1787629

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Youth Voices Center hopes to develop young people into positive, contributing members of society. At YVC, we have the opportunity to combat the negative attitudes and beliefs that prevent high school students from becoming productive member of their communities and society, by providing workshops designed to address the challenges that students currently face inside and outside of the classroom. Through the Power of Peace workshop, a two-day, interactive workshop, students will actively participate in a variety of experiential activities promoting leadership, self-determination, self-esteem, decision making and the effects of risky behavior, self-discipline, diversity, teamwork and collaboration. With the recent events and effect of the global pandemic, teens will need now more than ever the ability to voice their thoughts, feelings and fears to help them to navigate the “new normal” that we all will find ourselves in. They are already often confused, feel alone and vulnerable, an

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Power of Peace

The Power of Peace is a succession of experiential workshops designed to enable young people to become skilled at conflict management so that their schools and communities are safer and they can realize their full potential as productive members of society. The program, led by YVC’s trained facilitators, is provided to adolescents over the course of two full school days. On average, 25 students participate in each two-day cycle of the workshop.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Where we work

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The overarching goal of YVC is to promote positive youth development and to lower the incidence of interpersonal violence among teens. YVC aims to achieve this goal by disseminating its Power of Peace program to a critical mass of students that represent a cross-section of their respective school, community center, or youth group. By helping these young people to dispel negative stereotypes of themselves and others and increase their capacity for empathy, YVC hopes to create safer school communities and more confident adolescents. The specific participant outcomes that YVC has identified include:

1. Increased self-esteem
2. Increased cultural awareness
3. Increased empathy
4. Increased knowledge of conflict management skills

The Power of Peace program utilizes a variety of experiential workshop activities to promote the following skills and attributes: conflict management, leadership, teamwork and collaboration, decision making, respect for others and self, and diversity, as follows:
Conflict Management: Youth learn ways to avoid and to resolve conflicts before they escalate into physical confrontations and dangerous situations. Facilitators engage the youth in various activities and role-play scenarios examining potential conflicts with peers and family members. Participants are invited to share personal experiences with conflicts that they resolved nonviolently. Through a round-table discussion of these real-life events, students begin to understand the power and responsibility of managing conflicts effectively.
Leadership: Opportunities to develop leadership skills are built into nearly all program activities. For instance, youth are encouraged to serve as the leader during small group activities, to listen to and report on the opinions of others, to help groups make decisions, and to help others within the group to express themselves. YVC's facilitators encourage and acknowledge examples of these leadership behaviors throughout the program. For many participants who may not excel in sports or other extracurricular activities, these activities present opportunities to demonstrate and practice their leadership traits that they may not otherwise have.
Teamwork and Collaboration: All of the activities during the program provide opportunities for youth to practice teamwork and develop valuable collaboration skills. Many of the activities require youth to break into small groups and complete tasks as a unit.
Decision-Making: Throughout the program, YVC's facilitators are looking to identify and discuss the real-life challenges that participants are facing. By discussing the dynamics of these situations and critically evaluating the choices for how to deal with them, participants develop responsible and rational decision-making skills to counteract the impulsivity, often characteristic of adolescence, that leads to many unnecessary conflicts in youth's lives.
Respect for Others and Self: Building self-respect and respect for the other participants is both implicitly and explicitly stressed throughout the program. Implicitly, youth are building respect by following the ground rules to listen to each other and always provide positive and constructive feedback. Facilitators also engage youth in activities that explicitly build a sense of self-worth.
Diversity Awareness: Youth are engaged in various activities designed to bring attention to the different belief systems and common values among various racial, cultural, social, and gender groups. By identifying points of commonality, youth are encouraged to explore ways in which they can build relationships with people who are different from them by focusing on these shared qualities.

The Power of Peace program is delivered by its creator and other trained facilitators. YVC staff work very closely with the school guidance counselors to schedule as many workshop cycles as needed to reach the targeted number of students. Teachers and staff are encouraged to participate in the workshops as well so that they can share the experience with the students. School administration are also very involved with the process to ensure participation, group cohesion and support services if required.

Since its founding, YVC has served more than 8,000 youth through its unique Power of Peace workshop. The program has documented impressive results and received overwhelmingly positive feedback from participating teens and schools. Recently, surveys have shown that students demonstrate the greatest improvement in respecting others and the willingness to speak to someone different than themselves. This displays empathy, compassion, understanding and community building learned through the workshops and transfers into the community.
An area where YVC has not been as successful is expanding the program into additional schools above and beyond the 11 currently participating in the program.

Financials

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YOUTH VOICES CENTER

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Michael Arterberry

Youth Voices Center, Inc.


Board co-chair

Stacy Sutherland

NYC Department of Education

Term: 2018 -

Marie-Elena Grosett

Siemens Healthcare

Lani Medina, Esq

Lani Medina Law

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/9/2021

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Leadership

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Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

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