Peace Birmingham is a social justice program for high school students from different cultures and faiths that meets once a month to learn about the differences and similarities that intertwine cultural and religious lines. Our goal is to create doors through which we can enter each other’s communities to nurture and sustain a Birmingham that values and welcomes people of different race, religion, creed, nationality, school, gender, sexual orientation, immigration status, ability and cultural background.
Peace Birmingham was founded in January 1996 by Lois Cohen, Mark Gaines and Bobbie Siegal as a project of Temple Emanu-El. It was created to provide a place for African American and Jewish teens to get to know one another and become allies as in the 1960s Civil Rights struggle. In 1998, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute joined as a sponsoring partner. In the fall of 2007, Peace was opened to welcome young people of all races and religions who sought to build relationships and confront prejudice. In the spring of 2013, the YWCA brought Peace Birmingham into its social justice program portfolio, with the commitment to carry on the program and build on Peace’s strong foundation.
Applications can be found on our website at http://www.ywcabham.org/page/stand-against-racism or attached to news entry. Applications are due Monday, September 15th and the first meeting will be held Sunday, September 28th. Peace is for all 9th-12th grade students, so please encourage any 9th-12th grade student you know to apply.
If you have any questions contact Rebecca Harkless at firstname.lastname@example.org or 322-9922 ex. 184.
Coordinator of Social Justice Programs
YWCA Central Alabama
309 23rd Street North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
Phone: 205.322.9922 ext. 184