The Youth Peace Olympics (YPO) is a South Baton Rouge and North Philadelphia collaboration that began under the watchful eye of the Rev. Mary L. Wade, Ph.D. and members of Building Respect in Communities. The unique three-fold focus of the YPO that began in 2011 in Philadelphia are character-building, sportsmanship and commitment to peace and non-violence. With that focus, YPO began in 2014 in the South Baton Rouge area and is a youth violence prevention program for youth ages 10-16. YPO seeks to educate and empower participants to make healthy lifestyle choices and curb violence. YPO is an initiative of the Louisiana Center for Health Equity (LCHE) and the Together We Are More Adolescent Health Collaborative. ?
All teens ages 10 to 17 are encouraged to come kick-off their summer with us starting on April 29th and April 30th, and every 3rd Saturday of May through August. In September, YPO teens will have the opportunity to be celebrated and show off their talents during the Annual Closing Ceremony. Teens should expect to participate in indoor and outdoor activities, such as sports, art, music, STEAM projects, and more!
Life Skills Building
Participants are introduced to several art forms including vocal music, dance, visual arts and more. Youth have the opportunity to showcase their work at the YPO Closing ceremony.