Live in Peace
Live in Peace is a team of EPA community leaders, with over 150 years of collective youth development expertise, who function as extended family members to students and to each other. They operate in the same spirit of the village that birthed East Palo Alto. Any success in their program areas is owed most significantly to this family spirit that shapes their work. Our homes and our program spaces are second homes to our students. With rapid gentrification displacing community members, their homes sometimes also become primary residences for students in transition. Simply put, they are a family who loves this city and will do whatever they can to support the preservation and advancement of its people and cultures.
Our model, as you can see below, is similarly simple:
Hire local, community leaders (the context for the model)
Build supportive relationships with youth, fostering a sense of belonging (the family)
Develop skills and create opportunities for success (our programs)
Graduate self-sufficient, highly educated, socially conscious young leaders (the result
The name Live In Peace originally developed in response to a time of high violence in the community. Students of ours were in the heart-breaking habit of making "R.I.P." t-shirts that bore the faces of friends or family members who had been killed. We hoped to begin combating what had become a tragic norm in our youth culture by launching a line of "Live In Peace" t-shirts bearing the faces of our graduates, leaders and community heroes who were very much alive and thriving. As our work grew and developed, the "L.I.P." brand became the natural identity for our organization. While rates of violence are thankfully nowhere near what they were in the past, "Live In Peace" is also a response to the death of dreams and visions, an all-too-common injustice affecting our youth. See more