welcome to PeaceWiseYouth
Help young people have better relationships and resolve conflict in a healthy way
PeaceWiseYouth is a Christian program that equips young people to deal with challenging relationships and conflict in healthy, constructive & life-changing ways. All courses are created to be led by an adult using the materials we provide.
There are also courses with additional online content and features for Years 7-10.
The course for Years 11-12 and young adults – “Being a peacemaker in a complex world” – uniquely integrates peacemaking principles, worldview thinking and engagement with “hot topics” which often cause conflict.
the full range of courses we offer
click on a course below for specific course information and learn more about which delivery method is best for you
peacemaking in high school
PeaceWiseYouth courses for high school aged children can be delivered in three main ways…
high schools and beyond
The courses can be taught in class as part of achieving curriculum outcomes.
The course for Years 11-12 and young adults – “Being a peacemaker in a complex world” – is also suitable for teaching to young adults up to around age 25.
The courses for Years 7-8 and Years 9-10 are SRE authorised by the Baptist Union of NSW and approved for use in State high schools in NSW by Generate.
You can teach the material in your homes! For example as part of ongoing family devotions time or as part of a home-schooling programme.
teaching in a State-based high school
There are very strict legislative requirements which apply to the teaching of Scripture/SRE/Religious Instruction within State-based schools. The approval processes vary enormously, and what is permitted in one State may or may not be in another.
Courses 5 and 6 (for Yrs 7 and 8 and Yrs 9 and 10) are SRE authorised by the Baptist Union of NSW and approved for use in State high schools in NSW by Generate.
Note that no courses are “accredited” for Christian Religious Instruction in State schools in Queensland.
I have personally seen the impact of using the PeaceWise approach to resolving conflict within the School community and am delighted that teachers and other leaders within schools can learn and apply these principles in their school communities.”
Dr Paul Burgis Principal – PLC Sydney
“What an absolute joy it is to see students’ lives transformed as they learn to be peacemakers who breathe grace and respond to conflict in a way that honours God. I know from personal experience what a change it can make to the whole culture of a school and the relationships within it!”
Judy Linossier, Principal (Drouin)
Chairo Christian School
“As a principal of a Christian School I am excited by the potential of the PeaceWiseKids material. I have personally seen the impact of using the PeaceWise approach to resolving conflict with adults, especially in Christian communities, and look forward to further shaping the lives of the children in our care by embedding the principles of PeaceWise in the life of our school.”
William Rusin, former Principal
Covenant Christian School
“It was wonderful to implement PeaceWise this year, after our staff completing Everyday Peacemaking and our Leadership – The Heart of Peacemaking. Our staff described their Professional Learning (PL), as one of the best PL’s as a Christian and educator and often use the language and frameworks to support personal and professional conflict resolution. We pray for a continual building of this language and ‘skill’, to ‘ do conflict well’, to understand ourselves better and see every conflict as an opportunity for growth and development.”
Melissa Richardson, Head of Secondary
Foundation Christian College
“PeaceWise was great for giving students insight into their own responses to conflict. It also gave them the language or the terms they needed to talk about conflict. It was great to see the “lights come on” in some students as they thought more deeply about what was really going on in a conflict and about how God wants us to respond.”
Belle Kennedy, Secondary CH. Ed. Teacher
Foundation Christian College
every young person needs help with relationships – just like we do!
It’s normal for every young person to participate in unfriendly behaviour at school or with friends on some level, even in a really subtle or unintentional way. This could be teasing, bullying, exclusion or just plain selfishness.
Our courses help youth understand relationships within a Christian framework in their language and in a fun and interactive way. We give them the practical tools to address their problem relationships and build better friendships.
With their new skills, young people have a greater understanding of themselves and their peers. Being a peacemaker is a “life-skill” they can then take with them for the rest of their lives. And use it to change their world.
Do I need to have done the adult PeaceWise training to teach PeaceWiseKids or PeaceWiseYouth?
This is not required – but it will help a lot!
As you know, it’s not just a case of being familiar with the concepts – it’s also a case of applying them personally in your own life that makes a huge difference when teaching them to others – in this case, the students.
Can I have a PeaceWise training day at my school?
Many schools choose to run our “Everyday Peacemaking for Schools” training day for the whole school to ensure all staff (including admin and other departments) are familiar with the principles and have seen their relevance and power in their own lives first, before teaching and modelling them to students.
Training includes a dedicated section on running Peace WiseKids/PeaceWiseYouth within a school.