Youth for Peace (YFP) prepares young people for solidarity, leadership and active citizenship by developing their capacity for decision-making, building a sense of responsibility, and empowering them to act. In workshops using participatory methodology, supplemented by a variety of venues, YFP challenges their students to discover their own identity, learn communication skills, understand the issues that face their communities and nation, become aware of their individual roles, and develop their critical thinking- and analysis abilities. Through these trainings youth develop the solidarity, trust, and confidence necessary to work together to find solutions for community problems.
Conflict resolution, human rights, and social justice concerns are addressed by YFP with a comprehensive peace building program, consisting of workshops, study tours, reflection trips, visitor and cultural exchanges, conferences, and more. The student centre and library provide a safe environment for activities, research, and discussion. YFP encourages young women and men to participate as equals in group discussions and projects. Youth are challenged and motivated to take responsible action with group initiatives to do micro-projects for social change.
Through the efforts of the young people trained by YFP, society in Cambodia will improve in peace and social justice. Solidarity will replace indifference and personal ambition derived at the expense of others. Poverty will be reduced as youth are involved in activities to improve the living conditions, rather than activities which impoverish people, such as gambling, drug use, gangs, criminal behaviour, and violence. People will recognize their own right and responsibility to say “no” to corruption, and the power they have at the ballot box. These improvements will affect society through a rippling effect.
The essence of the YFP program is to challenge and change the social injustices in Cambodia by empowering youth to be agents of social change.