There has been a tremendous call to action around bullying and violence in primary and secondary schools in the United States. The American Academy of Pediatrics estimates that 97% of suburban and urban middle school students in the U.S. have either known a victim, witnessed an event, or been a victim of violence. Rather than being extraordinary, exposure to conflict and violence are normative for many youth, often mirroring endemic community-level conflict, or intolerance and violence transcending nation-state borders. The number of youth involved in and impacted by violent events evinces the need for international peace education programs like Move This World, that foster cooperation and an appreciation for diversity in youth through innovative techniques, empowering young people to build peaceful societies as adults.
Decreased conflict, violence, and anger have direct implications on societies. There are cost-savings due to a reduction in the use of public resources for mediation and punishment. Teachers are able to focus on curriculum and maximize the impact of classroom hours, and students and families are able to feel confidence in their communities. Students who participate in the Move This World (MTW) program have the tools to grow to be empathetic, compassionate contributors locally and in the international arena.
In partnership with schools, community-based organizations, families and corporations, MTW is building and connecting more peaceful communities in the United States in Baltimore, Newark, New York City and Washington DC and internationally in Colombia, Europe, and the Philippines. To date, MTW has worked with over 10,000 individuals across 22 cities on four continents.
Our hallmark program is an innovative, evidence-based curriculum that engages students Pre-K—12, educators, administrators, families, and corporate leaders in movement-based activities that promote empathy, mediation skills, and conflict transformation. In this way, MTW fosters cumulative skill building that grows with the individual and produces measurable impact to promote social change through the art of movement.