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International Peace Week: Pittsburgh 2019 | 5A Elite Youth Empowerment

7 Events, 1 week of non-violence, intergenerational peacebuilding, and youth led social innovation.

Pittsburgh, PA, September 12, 2019 --( 5A Elite Youth Empowerment invites one and all to be part of this year’s International Peace Week: Pittsburgh 2019. This weeklong event connects local peace building efforts to a global movement of peace. In recognition of the September 21st, International Day of Peace, this entire week is dedicated to non-violence, intergenerational peacebuilding, and youth led social innovation. 5A Elite staff and student leaders from our PeaceBuilders Youth Fellowship for Social Change and Sustainable Solutions will engage the City of Pittsburgh through collaborative initiatives and activities that help foster sustainable peace for a sustainable future.

Things kick off on Saturday, September 14 with the first of four Deliberative Forums. Hosted at the Allegheny County Department of Human Services Downtown Pittsburgh, the Youth Power Strategy and Agenda takes a deep dive into student led governance models for sustainable peace. The goal is to end the day with a March for Sustainable Peace directly following the forum. The Forum will take place from 1:00-3:00 p.m., in the Rachel Carson Room.

Monday, September 16, Carnegie Library, East Liberty, 5:30-7:30 p.m. – BabyBuilders Mindset Space is an evening of learning, thinking, and building. Designed for parents and their PreK-2nd Grade children, this is a hands-on family fun night to inspire positive parenting solutions and stimulate growth mindset in both children and parents.

Tuesday, September 17, Carnegie Library, Hill District, 5:30-7:30 p.m. – Youth Peace Strategy and Agenda, the second deliberative forum, is a session that will take a deep dive into a county wide youth peacebuilding strategy and agenda currently being designed to align with schools and various other student learning communities.

Wednesday, September 18, Carnegie Library, Northside, 5:30-7:30 p.m. – Youth Voice Strategy and Agenda is the third deliberative forum session, which is designed to work towards student-led, adult-supported solutions to the issues affecting today’s children and youth via grassroots organizing principles.

Thursday, September 19, Community of Change Center, 5:30-7:30 p.m. – Youth Change Strategy and Agenda is the fourth and final deliberative forum session. It takes a deep dive into a county wide youth peacebuilding strategy and agenda being designed to transform vacant spaces and under-utilized property into places of growth and social innovation for children and youth.

Friday, September 20, Alloy 26 at Nova Place, 5:00-8:00 p.m. – A Toast to Peace is an evening of peace, love, unity and fun! A live audience event that’s hosted by Michelyn Hood (KDKA TV Host and founder of The Pittsburgh Spot), and student leaders from Hope For Tomorrow, Inc. Thanks to Pulsus Digital Studios, the entire evening is a live filmed event. Special guests will include PeaceBuilders Youth Fellowship Class of 2019, Michelle McMurray, Majestic Lane and 5A Elite founders Nathaniel and Jessica Brown. The evening will end with a ceremonial “Toast to Peace” and live performances by the Balafon West African Dance Ensemble and spoken word by Emiola Jay Oriola.

Saturday, September 21, East End Cooperative Ministry, 3:00-9:00 p.m. – The week cummulates with our PeaceBuilders Youth Convention and After Party. The event, which occurs on International Day of Peace Day, will host 75 high school students from across multiple school districts to address the state of young people in Allegheny County and to begin designing a collective strategy and agenda for real student led change initiatives. Dinner will be provided and followed by an all access glow party hosted by D.J. KB. $10 gift cards will be given to the first 25 students who register.

5A Elite Youth Empowerment is a nonprofit organization that works to launch programs and initiatives that are equal in scale to the dimensions of the problems our children face.

International Day of Peace is an international event that is observed each year by nations all across the world. The event is commemorated on 21st of September each year.
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