THINK is a tailored leadership development programme for young people aged 13 to 19. It develops young people’s skills, knowledge and understanding around values, beliefs and their management of conflict so that they are equipped to THINK critically and confidently about their place in the world. It helps to realise young people’s potential to play a positive role in managing their own and other people’s conflict. Having the skills to resolve conflict peacefully and non-violently, whether that’s personal conflict or conflict in our communities, is an essential set of life skills!

Throughout the project participants have the opportunity to explore issues such as ‘who we are’, our motivations, our beliefs, values, and identity, looking to develop an understanding of how and why we behave the way we do and the impact and consequences of our actions. The project gets people to think about where we want to be and how we can impact our self, our community, and society in a bigger way, and feel confident to act rather than react when faced with situations of conflict.

Participants will gain benefits in the following areas:

  • Thinking Skills: Critical and consequential cognitive life skills; the confidence and experience of thinking critically about one’s self, ‘the other’, as well as personal, social and political conflict and its consequences.  An increased appreciation for values’ complexity and a reduced susceptibility to extremist narratives follows
  • Self-awareness: The ability to recognise how beliefs and values directly affect attitudes and behaviour; increased emotional intelligence and associated skills, with a greater understanding of the effects of one’s own attitudes and behaviours on others, as well as confidence in belonging to multiple communities
  • ‘Other’-awareness: An increased capacity for cognitive, emotional and compassionate empathy, and an ability to analyse the motivations’ for peoples’ behaviours, viewing things from a different perspective and overcoming fear of ‘the other’
  • Conflict Resolution: The skills, confidence, and capacity to manage and resolve personal, social and political conflicts. Participants will acquire experience putting into practice non-violent means to manage and resolve conflicts
  • Countering Violent Extremism: The knowledge and power to challenge simplistic narratives, air grievances constructively, interrogate complex arguments, as well as develop confidence in confronting persuasive and emotive rhetoric with autonomously generated alternative narratives
  • A Network of Leaders: Membership of a network of graduate peace builders, where they will find peer and Foundation support to act in their own communities to counter despairing violent narratives and find personalised, constructive ways to effect change.

Visit the project’s website to find out more here.

To enquire about commissioning opportunities please contact us at commissions@foundation4peace.org and a member of the  team will be in touch with you as soon as possible.