Youth Faith-Based Mediators

Youth play a pivitol role in preventing and addressing conflicts around the world; yet, their role as peace mediators is often dismissed or overlooked across all tracks due to their age. Youth faith-based mediators (YFBMs) are young mediators in all of their diversity between the age of 18 and 35, who are working to prevent and mitigate violence through values and tools inspired by faith or who are working with faith-based institutions or initiatives.

Youth Religion and Mediation Course

In order to address the lack of engagement and opportunities for young peace mediators, members of the Network designed and launched a Youth, Religion and Mediation course in 2023. The training equips young peace mediators with tools to analyze violent conflicts with religious dimensions, approaches to advance more inclusive mediation processes and skills-building opportunities to strengthen their peace mediation work within their communities.

As part of the 2023 Helsinki course, the first cohort identified the following challenges and support needs to aid them in their peace mediation work.

Information about applying for the 2024 cohort will be available mid-spring. In the meantime, follow us on social media for additional information!

What are some challenges faced by young faith-based mediators, and how can we support their needs in the process of peacebuilding and peace mediation?

Video Series

Conversations with Youth Faith-Based Mediators

This video series showcases several YFBMs who were interviewed by the Peacemakers Network. To receive the latest video updates, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Intergeneration Dialogue Series

Fadi Hachem and Dr. Elie Al Hindy

Joy Gitau and Father Innocent

Conversations with Youth Faith-Based Mediators

Dominga Teresa Son Gonón

Mushin Kaduyu Nuwugaba

Kaltumi Abdulazeez

Aaron Atimpe