This collaboratory uses a qualitative approach in order to analyze and describe the nature and extent of conflict among youth groups. Sites have been established in South Africa, Israel, Lansing (Michigan), Muskegon (Michigan), Ypsilanti (Michigan), and Ann Arbor (Michigan). The project is based on the understanding that youth who do not acquire means of peaceful conflict resolution are likely to become adults who engage in serious wars, both civil and between countries.
The first stage focused on developing a database on the causes and extent of youth group conflict and nature of programs developed to reduce such conflicts. After examining conflict reduction strategies aimed at youth in these places, comparing them, discerning the most effective practices, the collaboratory partners worked together to develop a manual to train young people in conflict reduction. Strategies for reducing conflict that arises as the result of racial/ethnic tensions between groups of youth were integrated into the model provided valuable information for the manual development. The collaboratory partners are currently testing the manual that they developed collaboratively in two Michigan high schools (Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor). When the conflict reduction program outlined in the manual is fully implemented in the two schools, it is anticipated that this effort will contribute to more peaceful relations among the different ethnic and social groups in the school and in the community.
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Last updated: 3/25/05
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