Let the Youth Lead


Instructor: Joan Lopez and Beth Fisher-Yoshida, Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity (AC4)

Schedule:  (VIRTUAL) October Tuesdays/Thursdays, 4:00pm - 6:30pm ET:

  • (1) Tuesday, October 6
  • (2) Thursday, October 8
  • (3) Tuesday October 13
  • (4) Thursday, October 15
  • No Sessions Oct 20/22 - Students work on projects independently 
  • (5) Tuesday, October 27
  • (6) Thursday, October 29

Price: $1,199.99


Are you inspired by Greta Thunberg and what she has done for the climate movement? Are you ready to bring the voice of young generations to the forefront of movements for justice and social change?

The Earth Institute wants aspiring leaders to get involved in their communities and feel empowered to enact change at all levels of society. Join us this fall for our first-ever “Let the Youth Lead” workshop for pre-college students, led by experts from the Youth, Peace, and Security (YPS) program at the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity (AC4). The YPS effort is designed to identify, explore, and act on the linkages between youth, social conflict, violence, peace, and security, and to elicit and further develop best practices among youth community leaders.

This workshop will invite current and future youth leaders to enhance their existing practices, enthusiasm, and knowledge in order to support and further develop their roles as change agents in local and global community efforts. We want to open up innovative pathways for young people to leverage their creativity and energy for sustainable transformations.

By the end of this workshop, participants will have identified a project or activity they want to engage in, and will be given the tools and practices to go forward and lead their efforts. Work with Columbia University experts to learn important connections between youth, social conflict, and peace in order to identify, explore, and take action on issues that matter to you.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand systemic approaches to social and conflict transformation and basic conflict resolution skills
  • Develop agency and learn to communicate to relevant stakeholders
  • Frame and set up a project for social change