PeacePlayers Brooklyn, within a nationwide network, engages over 100 youth, ages 8-18, in sustained, sports-based after-school programming led by committed and effective local coaches. Combining basketball with leadership development and peace education, our program helps young people develop the skills, attitudes and behaviors that empower them to engage conflict in positive ways and emerge from the program as leaders in their communities.
Peace League is an after-school leadership through sports program serving youth ages 8-13. Peace League creates a safe space for youth to have fun and build friendships with peers across community divides, as well as opportunities to access positive, caring role models in their coaches. Peace League is offered in the Fall (September through December) and Spring (March through June). Sessions, which take place 1-2 times a week, include a combination of leadership workshops and basketball drills. Cities also host Twinning events that bring together youth in the Peace League program. The Peace League reaches 60 youth annually.
LDP is designed for high school age youth. The program is structured as a basketball team that creates a culture of teamwork, belonging, and peer-to-peer support. Unlike traditional basketball teams, “tryouts” are not required to join the team. Instead, eligibility is determined by age and commitment to the objectives of the program. The four pillars of the LDP are basketball skills development, personal development, experiential learning, and community service. LDP provides opportunities to mentor younger participants, access caring adult role models, and resources to support their personal development and academic goals. LDP uses basketball to teach life skills on and off the court. LDP participants are also given the opportunity to serve as peer mentors for members of the Peace League program, allowing them to become role models and leaders in their community. In communities where gang involvement is common, PeacePlayers provides an alternative for young people and a network of positive influencers who are invested in seeing youth grow and achieve. The LDP reaches 30+ young people annually.
PeacePlayers offers a 4-week basketball summer camp for youth ages 8-17. Summer programming is a combination of basketball skills development and experiential learning activities. Summer camp serves as an added enrichment program for youth that allows them to experience the best of our basketball and leadership programming. The summer camp has reached over 100 youth since we started in 2017.