Preparing Youth for the “Safety Corps”
It’s not enough for students to experience youth programs. Decision-makers, politicians, and communities must create opportunities for positive youth development. Building on the Peace Plan for a Safer America (MFOL, 2019) to create 10,000 full-time volunteers in the “Safety Corps,” we create a pathway for part-time volunteers during their college experience to increase the possibility of students selecting a career in safety, violence prevention, and peace promotion. Through these college courses, fellowships, internships, students learn how to be more prosocial, more aware and appreciative of culture, and influential to inspire others to lead.
Developing prosocial competence requires a shift from self-centric to other-centric thinking and acting
Developing cultural humility requires people to move from cultural awareness to advocacy of multi-cultural practice
Developing leadership competence requires people to move from destructive to constructive-prosocial leadership styles