Our Chicago neighborhoods, at peace.
Established in November 2012 as a program of Holy Family Ministries, the Peace Exchange focuses on young Chicago leaders--Peace Builders--committed to peace and nonviolence. Their year-long program begins with 80 hours of study on topics ranging from mindfulness and peace circles to bullying and domestic/gender violence. Upon completion of the first phase, the Peace Builders take a two-week international trip accompanied by documentary filmmakers. While abroad, they participate in cross-cultural exchanges with community organizers, student leaders, and peace activists. The program's third phase is a post-trip Speaking Peace outreach program in which the Peace Builders share their stories, a documentary film, and peacemaking tips with at least 1000 neighborhood youth. Through these meetings, Peace Builders establish relationships that enable them to lead, educate, mentor, and nurture peace in their communities.
Say hello to the Class of 2017/18!
Visit the "Our Peace Builders" tab to learn more about them.
The documentary of our summer 2016 trip to South Africa!
The 2016 WTTW/Channel 11 Special on the Peace Exchange