To help create a more peaceful world, the mission of PeaceMaker Minnesota is to help schools be safer places, free from bullying and harassment, and to help youth learn positive relational skills like empathy, respect, cooperation and how to resolve conflicts peacefully.
PeaceMaker provides evaluation, planning, and training services to schools, in addition to matching funds to help purchase curriculum, hire additional staff, bring in outside resources, help at-risk youth, etc. Our strategy is to help schools use the best practices in youth violence prevention and to develop sustainable funding for their work.
As a result of our work school environments are improved, benefiting academic achievement, and youth learn communication and problem solving skills that can serve them throughout life – at home, at work and in the community.
Impact and Programs
Increased the number of partner schools from 18 to 28, serving 15,605 students. / Helped 26 schools to assess their work compared to national benchmarks. / 15 schools did better than national benchmarks on six or more indicators such as how many students are afraid of being bullied, how many have one or no friends, how many say that adults and students try to stop bullying. / Provided $85,637 in financial assistance to schools to help them purchase curriculum, train 716 employees, hire additional recess help, bring in groups that offer specialized programming, and pay for student surveys to measure results.
16 out of 24 (68%) schools do better than national averages on 5 out of 10 indicators; 9 out of 24 schools (37%) maintain or improve results on 5 out of 10 indicators compared to spring 2018; Number of students who report being bullied 2 – 3 times per month or more in PeaceMaker Minnesota partner schools decreases by 50 students; $1,000 paid to partner schools from endowments (indicator of the development of sustainable funding)
Community or Constituency Served
K - 12 schools - public, charter or independent
Geographic Area Served