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Youth Peace Olympics

Peace. Purpose. progress.

Our Purpose

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. ?

Our program

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!

Your Participation

Tired of seeing violence take the lives of Baton Rouge youth? Ready to show the world that you’re not too young to make a difference??? Youth Peace Olympics is the program for you! Sign up or Become a Volunteer!

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Need to Know

Opening Ceremony for the 2022 Youth Peace Olympics

Opening Ceremony for the 2022 Youth Peace Olympics

2022 Youth Peace Olympics has now commenced!!! The Opening Ceremony happened Friday April 29th 5:00 - 8:00 PM at Ben Burge Park (9350 Antigua Dr Baton Rouge, LA 70810)!We are excited to be hosting it in person after 2 years of being virtual.  

Volunteer for the 2022 Youth Peace Olympics

Volunteer for the 2022 Youth Peace Olympics

YPO is accepting applications for volunteers and coaches. If you have a passion for seeing our youth thrive, want to make a difference in your community, or just have a desire to gain volunteer experience, YPO may be the place for you! YPO is a youth violence...

Apply for the 2022 Youth Peace Olympics

Apply for the 2022 Youth Peace Olympics

After two years of COVID-19 and being virtual, the Louisiana Center for Health Equity (LCHE), along with the Together We Are More Adolescent Health Collaborative, is pleased to announce our ninth annual Youth Peace Olympics (YPO) will be back in person. The 2022 Youth...

Violence Prevention

We partner with local law enforcement officials, community leaders, and subject-matter experts to facilitate interactive workshops on several forms of violence including gun violence, domestic violence,  bullying, peer pressure and more.

Life Skills Building

Our signature curriculum includes engaging activities to help participants develop positive self-image, healthy interpersonal relationships, and more. Activities include role-playing, drawing, journaling, etc.

Creative Arts

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.

“This is a safe space for teens to be heard because they have a lot on their minds. This summit will help them focus their energy on achieving their goals and dream.”

Get Involved

Get involved by doing important things or donate so important things can get done. If you would like to volunteer or donate to support the Youth Peace Olympics, please click the appropriate link below.

Past Events

2021 Youth Peace Olympics

The 8th Annual Youth Peace Olympics started with a virtual kick-off on May 15, 2021 with guest appearances from Carlos Vaughn, Ariel Simone, and AJ Ferguson. The...

2020 Youth Peace Olympics

The 7th Annual Youth Peace Olympics was from June 6 to August 1, 2020. This was our first time going virtual all because of the COVID 19 pandemic. It was simply...

2019 Youth Peace Olympics

The 6th Annual Youth Peace Olympics. STEM Day was held on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Ben Burge Park Gymnasium from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event...

2018 Youth Peace Olympics

Louisiana Center for Health Equity's Youth Peace Olympics celebrates five AMAZING years of positively impacting the lives of Baton Rouge youth....

2017 Youth Peace Olympics

This is the fourth annual Youth Peace Olympics, a community initiative dedicated to helping youth aged 10 to 16 bring home a championship by taking part in sports,...

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