Holyoke High School Students Start Anti-Violence, Anti-Hate Campaign

Holyoke High School Students Start Anti-Violence, Anti-Hate Campaign

#HHS Knights Ride for Peace, a week of action to stop violence and hate runs Monday, January 23rd – Friday, January 27th

Holyoke, Massachusetts – To respond to violence and wage peace in their school and community, youth in Pa’lante, Holyoke High School’s Restorative Justice Program, have organized a week of events and activities designed to raise awareness about the effects of violence and hate. Their goal is to  encourage youth to think about and challenge the way that violence is glorified and sometimes promoted.

Activities HHS students are organizing throughout the week include assemblies, art-making parties to message peace and unity, students signing a peace pledge to commit to resolving conflict using peer-led mediation and peace-making circles, and a social media campaign.

They also seek to spark community dialogue around the increased incidents of violence and hate speech that have occurred nationally.

Please direct inquiries about #HHS Knights Ride for Peace to Jerica Coffey, Director of Youth Organizing and Student Support, Pa’lante Restorative Justice Program at 415-573-9059, jcoffey@hps.holyoke.ma.us.


About Pa’Lante:

Pa’lante is the Pioneer Valley’s only youth-led Restorative Justice program. Housed in Holyoke High School, youth in Pa’lante use peace-making circles to support students and teachers in building community, increasing accountability, and resolving conflict without violence. They also organize events like the #HHS Knights Ride for Peace week of action and work to change policies and practices to make school more engaging, safe, and supportive for youth.