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- History and Success
Peace Works launched in 1994 with a pilot program at St. Sebastian's school in Milwaukee's Washington Park neighborhood. The program, led and designed by Dr. Michael Duffey, a professor in Marquette's Department of Theology, started as a peace education program for youth focused on understanding the causes of violence and how to respond nonviolently to conflict.
During the next 12 years, the program was implemented at some 30 sites throughout Milwaukee. The program's content continued to evolve as the program reached more youth and the students Peace Works served encountered many different types of violence in their lives.
Shortly after the Center for Peacemaking was founded at Marquette in 2008, the Peace Works program was added to the center's purview. In 2009, Peace Works began a resource-sharing partnership with the Peace Education Program based in Louisville, Ky. We continue to use and build on the time-tested materials of the Peace Education Program today.
The Peace Works program continues to grow, adding to its track record of success. Recent implementations of Peace Works include public, parochial and alternative schools, as well as after-school programs.
Marquette has been a leader in peacemaking and conflict resolution for the past decade. Below are some recent data on the Marquette Peace Works program effectiveness in increasing the youth participants' capacity to identify and resolve conflict nonviolently.
Marquette Peace Works:
Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) Behavioral Reassignment (BR) Schools
St. Giles Elementary School (Oak Park, Ill.)
Peer Solutions Program: (partnership with Marquette University Law School)
Pulaski High School (Milwaukee)
Washington High School (Milwaukee)