Agape-Satyagraha: Leadership Training for Youth

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. -- Jesus

Be the change you wish to see.  -- Gandhiji

Youth on an Outing

On Earth Peace partners with local churches and organizations to offer Agape-Satyagraha Training, a leadership training program for youth teaching skills for conflict resolution and social change based on the nonviolent teachings of Jesus and Gandhi.  Encouraging, equipping, and accompanying youth as they put their faith into practice as leaders in their communities, Agape-Satyagraha trains youth to resolve conflicts without violence.  The program mentors youth (ages 11-18) through five levels of skills training.  Adult volunteers coach youth individually or in small groups, using individualized techniques, allowing youth to pace themselves through each level.

Levels

  • White Level- Understanding conflict escalation.
  • Green Level- Anger management.
  • Blue Level- De-escalating conflicts.
  • Brown Level- Negotiation and mediation.
  • Black Level- Community social change.
How To Get Involved:

Establish an Agape-Satyagraha Training site in your community.

On Earth Peace is seeking sites which will host Agape-Satyagraha and work closely with On Earth Peace.  Sites will commit to host an Agape-Satyagraha training site, recruit leadership and network in the community to provide this weekly program. (Some sites may choose to provide food and go on outings with the youth as part of the program; sites are encouraged to consider budgeting for these activities.)  On Earth Peace will in turn provide sites with the curriculum and support needed to make this program a success including training for leadership, resources for the program, networking with Agape-Satyagraha sites in multiple locations, and regular check-in calls.

Prayerfully consider whether this program might fit into your ministry with youth.  If you are interested in becoming a pilot site of Agape-Satyagraha or would like more information about this program, please contact Marie Rhoades at peace-ed@onearthpeace.org or call 607-387-3509.

History

In 2001, the program was developed by Brethren Community Ministry's director Gerald Rhoades in response to school shootings sweeping the country at that time.  "Youth need alternatives to solving conflicts rather than fighting," Gerald reflected.  In 2008, On Earth Peace partnered with Brethren Community Ministries to offer the program across the country.  Seven communities participated in our pilot program.  In 2012, On Earth Peace assumed full responsibility for the program and continues to work in partnership with local sites.