Perspectives Observes International Day of Peace throughout Chicago

Monday, September 21, 2015

CHICAGO—Students at Perspectives Charter Schools extended their I Am For Peace movement by participating in various peace activities throughout the city of Chicago in observance of International Day of Peace on September 21, 2015.

Perspectives Charter Schools proudly collaborated with the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) as part of an educational initiative to develop future global peace builders. This year’s celebration marked the USIP’s 30th Anniversary, and the creation of the Peace Day Challenge, which engaged organizations, schools, individuals and communities across the U.S. and globally.

“We are excited to have played an important role in Chicago’s celebration of International Day of Peace,” said President and Founder Diana Shulla-Cose. “On this meaningful day, Perspectives students and staff showed how the 26 principles of A Disciplined Life empower them to be advocates for peace at school, across the city and throughout the globe!”

This past summer during Peace and Leadership Camp, Perspectives students created 30-60 second I Am For Peace videos in response to the #PeaceDayChallenge inspired by the U.S. Institute of Peace. In the short videos students explain how they are a force for peace in their communities. Watch the videos below.

As part of the International Day of Peace celebration, Perspectives students developed and presented interactive peace installations at four locations throughout the city, including CTA stations, local landmarks like Millennium Park, and more.

“Our students are amazing advocates for peace in their community,” said Perspectives Rodney D. Joslin Campus Peace Ambassador and Teacher Karen Sheehan. “Today they showed their tireless resolve to promote peace here in the South Loop and I am impressed at how well they incorporate core principles of A Disciplined Life into their messaging.”

The installations encouraged citizens to reflect on ways they can contribute to a more peaceful world. At Perspectives, students learn to be socially aware and academically prepared through the A Disciplined Life social emotional learning education model, which uses 26 principles to help students develop positive self-perception, healthy relationships, and tools for productivity.

“Today really stretched personal boundaries for many of our students who have little experience with engaging the general public,” said Perspectives Leadership Academy Peace Ambassador and Teacher Lyndsey Schwartz. “Our students left their comfort zones and asked perfect strangers to participate in a conversation about peace—and they were successful even after several rejections by passersby.”