The first Chicago International Youth Peace Conference is being held in the city this week.
The Chicago conference is aimed at "mobilizing, activating and empowering young people, in grades 5-12, to get organized and use their voices for peace and social change," according to a news release.
Spearheaded by the Chicago International Youth Peace Movement, the conference will take place June 4 through June 6, with events at the Chicago Theological Seminary and Hyde Park Art Center.
"If you're looking for solutions to violence in Chicago and around the world, you should look to the young people who are the most disproportionately affected by it," Jessica Disu with the Chicago International Youth Peace Movement said in a statement. "The message of the Chicago International Youth Peace Conference is, if you want young people to put the guns down, you need to give them something else to pick up. Our goal is to mobilize, activate and empowering youth to get organized and use their voices for peace and social change."
Find additional details on the conference here.