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.
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
- Lauderhill 6-12 STEM-MED Magnet School
- James S. Rickards Middle School
- New Renaissance Middle School
- New River Middle School
- Pompano Beach Middle School
- Walter C. Young Middle School
- Hollywood Hills High School
- Northeast High School
- Piper High School
- South Plantation High School
2020-2021 Poster Contest
Broward County Public School students grades 1-12 are encouaged to express their vision of shaping peace together.
Click Here for the Peace Poster Contest Guidelines and Submission Form
Deadline for Submission: January 15, 2021
Winners will be notified on April 15, 2021
3 winners will be selected; (1) Elementary, (1) Middle and (1) High School
Winning entries will be featured in the 2021-2022 Choose Peace campaign.
The school/organization where the winning entries originate from will be awarded a PEACE POLE. Winners will receive a gift card prize valued at $100.
2019-2020 Peace Poster Contest Winners
2020-2021 Peace Week Contest Winners
Acrostic Peace Poem
Anastasia Morales Lindholm, Coconut Creek Elementary
Peace Vision Board
Candela Barletti, West Broward High School
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