Focus on Peace, Conflict, and Justice
Our second annual Student Voices Project brought in the creative works of over 100 middle school and high school students from 15 schools and educational venues in nine different states. We selected 24 honorees whose submissions are featured in the April issue (see PDF and prompt links below). This year’s theme of Peace, Conflict, and Justice was introduced as follows:
Conflict and violence happen all over the world with all kinds of people. Peace also occurs in many communities throughout the world. Peace is often defined as the absence of war or violence, or an agreement to end hostilities. Justice is defined as fairness, equitableness, or moral rightness. Quakers believe that true, lasting peace can never be achieved through violence and that in the pursuit of justice, all people are equal and capable of working together. The Friends peace testimony encourages the promotion of peace and the opposition of war or violence.
We supplied the students with eight prompts to choose from for that initial spark of inspiration which leads to great creation: Story Time, Ponder, Get Involved, Inspiration (with a list of quotes from peacemakers), Imagine, Interview (no submissions for this one), Visual Arts, and Photography. Explore the prompts using the list of links below. Lastly, you can find a complete list of all 116 students who participated in the project this year here. We thank you for sharing your work with us. Until next year, keep learning, writing, and creating!
—Gail Whiffen Coyle, associate editor
Also read my Among Friends column introducing this issue.
PDF version of the Student Voices feature available here (right click to download)