As an African-American male growing up in urban Baltimore, Babatunde was all too familiar with the ongoing hostilities between young people of color and the police. After he was unfairly stopped by a police officer while walking home from an afterschool program, he knew he needed to take a stand against the injustice he was seeing.
Peace First Prize Winner Babatunde created a program that builds respect and understanding between young people and police. Watch Babatunde's video with your class or family, and use our Video Discussion Guide to spark a conversation about peacemaking.
Purpose: To explore how young peacemakers can take on challenging problems and create change. Type: Activity Skills: Communication, Conflict resolution, Empathy, Problem solving Grade: Middle school age participants or older
Group Size: 2 to 30 participants Time: 20 to 30 minutes Space: Enough space for participants to discuss in large or small groups Supplies: Computer with internet, speakers, printed copies of the Winner Profile handout (attached), pencils, pens, and/or highlighters
“The Community Service Learning project offered a dramatic and effective tool that taught my daughter, our family, and members of the community the theoretical and practical implications of our actions.”