As part of the promotion of Peace Schools, Lorena co-facilitated an AVP Basic Workshop on February 19-20 for 32 students, ages 12-17, and 5 teachers in El Pedregal, Amatitlán, an area plagued by gang violence.
This year we started with the Institute in the Pedregal Amatitlan, an establishment with a population of young people with limited resources. Many are exposed to domestic violence, conflicts at school, and the recruitment into criminal gangs because the school is located in what is classified as Red Zone, or a dangerous and violent area, home to gangs.
I was asked by the director of school to facilitate an AVP Basic workshop to strengthen the violence prevention program and give tools for conflict resolution so that the young people can develop in a peaceful environment.
The students were very excited and learned many tools from the workshop. Here are some testimonials from young people: