One group of dedicated high school students spent National Bullying Prevention Month preparing to help their younger counterparts in Indianapolis Public Schools. Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School is home to the Peace Crew, a group of 15 students trained to be mentors to our elementary school students.

The Crispus Attucks Peace Crew began with a telephone call three years ago, when social worker Rhonda Clair and Jay Horan from the Peace Learning Center discussed the need for an internship-based program for students. That initial conversation grew into the first IPS Peace Crew. Students spend the beginning of the year training in nonviolent conflict resolution. Then, they travel to IPS elementary schools, sharing the lessons they’ve learned with younger students.

”The high school students are given the skills to shape them into the leaders of tomorrow,” said Peace Learning Center Volunteer and Intern Coordinator Jay Horan. “Many of the high school students have explained that they now make more peaceful choices, because they know that they have a young person looking up to them.”

Every year, the seniors travel for a service trip. Last year’s group went to Swaziland; this year’s students are raising money to travel to New York City with the Peace Learning Center. You can find the Peace Crew’s fundraising efforts online at their Donors Choose page here.
The Crispus Attucks Peace Crew will make their first stop of the school year at George H. Fisher School 93 on October 31. We look forward to seeing the positive impact these young leaders have on our community!