The sixth SEED Cohort, composed of a mix of young women and men in their teens from several high schools in Providence, started off a bit uncertain of what to expect from the program. Guided by the NVI Training Team, they were able to open up and examine the struggles and challenges they face on a regular basis, incuding both internal and community violence.
Exploring the different types and level of conflict through role playing Cohort members were able to gain a deep understanding of the emotional levels that are present in a conflict starting from normal, moving to emotiona,l and ending with physical violence. Members really engaged when discussing the four components of a healthy beloved community - educate, sustain, console, celebrate.
Members shared their experiences, including hesitation at the start, but progressing toward good relationships and real ways to handle conflict in a nonviolent way.
"At first I thought I'm not going to make it through the two weeks, but then we did and now I'm proud of all my classmates." - Troyd
"I really learned a lot and I plan to use some of it soon. I really did enjoy it." - Amaya
"This program really made me view a lot of things differently ... other than just putting violence first. - Alexander
"I learned a lot in this program that made me see things differently ... after this program I'm all for nonviolence." - Jailson
Celebration Photo Gallery
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Nonviolence Team Words of Encouragement
Funding for this program is being provided by the ARPA City of Providence Anti-Violence Investment.