Peace education shortlisted for $25,000 grant

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — peace educationa Louisville-based program at Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS), aims to reduce violence through conflict resolution.

Organizers teach young men how to resolve disagreements without fists or weapons.


What do you want to know

  • Peace education aims to strengthen the community by reducing violence
  • The Navigators program teaches young men at JCPS how to resolve conflict peacefully
  • The organization is up for one of State Farm’s Neighborhood Assist $25,000 grants
  • Peace Ed must get enough votes to be among the first 100 to receive the grant

Peace Education’s Navigation program teaches Wheatley Elementary 5th grader Dione Bibb how to understand her feelings.

“When my emotions are strong, my thinking is weak,” Bibb said.

The program is led by retired JCPS Family Resource and Youth Services Coordinator Durk Davidson.

“My favorite part of the program is how he likes to teach us, he lets us have fun and lets us learn at the same time,” added Bibb.

Davidson uses cooperative games to teach young men how to solve problems peacefully.

“Some of them in their neighborhoods and surrounding areas, that’s all they see is conflict and negativity,” Davidson said.

It helps students navigate the difficult, even violent, situations they encounter during weekly sessions.

“We try to spread them by giving them strategies and techniques that when that happens they can rely on and make positive decisions,” Davidson said.

Peace Education is up for one of State Farm’s Neighborhood Assist $25,000 grants to support its efforts.

The organization is one of the top 200 finalists out of 4,000 applicants.

“I vote every day to the fullest,” said Peace Education acting executive director Rose Livingston.

Livingston came out of retirement to expand the reach of the program. Winning the grant would make that goal a reality.

“There are also other schools in the community and other groups that have requested the services, so this will help us expand our program to corners where we can take it,” Livingston said.

Peace education must receive enough votes to land a top 100 spot to win one of the grants.

“Especially now in a world where chaos reigns for everyone and especially for students, our future, our children must be empowered to be able to navigate life in the most positive way,” says Livingston.

You can vote up to ten times a day until May 6 to help Peace Ed continue to have a lifelong impact.

“It’s been a challenge, but it’s that kind of challenge that’s rewarding, not just for me, but just to see the kids grow up and, you know, achieve their dreams,” Davidson says.

The winners will be announced on June 7, 2022.

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