Choose Peace/Stop Violence

youth violence prevention week Youth Violence Prevention Week

Monday-Friday, April 12-16, 2021

Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) Promise Club, an initiative of Sandy Hook Promise, is proud to be a founding partner of National Youth Violence Prevention Week (NYVPW).

Founded in 2001, National Youth Violence Prevention Week (NYVPW) is a time for youth to lead communities on effective strategies to prevent youth violence. The campaign is a week-long event with each day of the week corresponding to a specific challenge for communities. Join with others around the country to unite and lift up youth who work to make their schools and neighborhoods safer. – Sandy Hook Promise


Day of SilenceDay of Silence

Friday April 23, 2021

The GLSEN Day of Silence is a national student-led demonstration where LGBTQ students and allies  all around the country—and the world—take a vow of silence to protest the harmful effects of harassment and discrimination of LGBTQ people in schools.

Started in the mid 90’s by two college students, the Day of Silence has expanded to reach hundreds of thousands of students each year. Every April, students go through the school day without speaking, ending the day with Breaking the Silence rallies and events to share their experiences during the protest and bring attention to ways their schools and communities can become more inclusive. – GLSEN 

Choose Peace/Stop Violence is a county-wide violence prevention collaborative in Broward County, Florida. Our mission is to educate, engage, inspire, and empower youth to take action and bring about positive change for the purpose of preventing youth crime and violence, and create safe, healthy and thriving environments for children and families. Learn our history here. 

Choose Peace/Stop Violence is a continuing partnership between United Way of Broward County, Broward County Public Schools School Climate & Discipline Department and Children’s Services Council of Broward County with support of the Broward Sheriff's Office - Law Enforcement Trust Fund. The collaborative focuses on anti-bullying, youth violence prevention, fostering social justice awareness and academic improvement through positive development promotion and sustainable tools to change the climate and culture of the schools.



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Agents of Change 

The Agents of Change (AOC) peer-led groups are formed under the leadership of students and supervised by a school-based facilitator, supported by Broward County Public Schools School Climate & Discipline Department, school Prevention Liaisons, and a Choose Peace Program Manager.  

AOC members follow an activities curriculum during the school year that is in line with the school district’s prevention/awareness days (BCPS Calendar of Observances). Members develop pro-social, organizational, communication and leadership skills through community service, participation as elected officers and leading school-wide activities and awareness campaigns. AOC groups are advocates in raising awareness about violence, bullying behavior and social justice in their schools and communities. 


2020-2021 Agents of Change Schools

  • Apollo Middle School
  • Glades Middle School
  • Gulfstream Academy of Hallandale Beach K-8
  • Hollywood Hills High School
  • James S. Rickards Middle School
  • McNicol Middle Magnet & STEM School
  • New Renaissance Middle School
  • New River Middle School
  • Northeast High School
  • Nova Middle School
  • Piper High School
  • Pompano Beach Middle School
  • South Plantation High School
  • Walter C. Young Middle School

Have Questions?

Contact Mabel Colón, MSW, Program Manager



Choose Peace/Stop Violence



Peace Poles have been planted throughout Broward County through Choose Peace’s Broward Peace Pole Project.


The Choose Peace/Stop Violence campaign impacts approximately 24,800 students annually.


During Choose Peace Week, more than 150 BCPS schools participate in peace activities annually.

2020-2021 Peace Week Contest Winners

Acrostic Peace Poem
Anastasia Morales Lindholm, Coconut Creek Elementary

Peace Vision Board
Candela Barletti, West Broward High School


2019-2020 Peace Poster Contest Winners   

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Silver Ridge Elementary School:
Mia Harrington and Ryan Alves 

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Coral Springs Middle School:
Meilla Olson 

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Coral Springs Charter High School:
Amanda Jimenez and Jazlyn Romero


United Way of Broward County   Broward County Public Schools    children's services council   Broward Sheriff's Office

Community Partners

Broward County Public Schools - School Climate & Discipline Department

Broward Sheriff's Office - Law Enforcement Trust Fund

Children's Services Council of Broward County 

United Way of Broward County 

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