Children & Youth


Filling the Evidence Gap: How Youth Contribute to Peace & Security

REGISTER Here Join the Washington Network on Children & Armed Conflict on Tuesday, January 20, from 9:30 am to 11:00 am Eastern Time (EST) for an online discussion of findings from a global survey of youth-led organizations working in peace and security. Designed to fill gaps in knowledge […]


The Nigerian Activist Who Leads Youth Efforts Against Violent Extremism

Nigerian activist Lawal is empowering young people to play an important role in the battle against violent extremism.

Sarvodaya women's group

Reclaiming Identity: a Sri Lanka War Survivor’s Quest

To escape the horrors of war, Thanuja shed her identity. Now, she’s reclaiming it — and building a society that looks past ethnic differences.


How can children contribute to peacebuilding?

Ibrahim, Obaida, Abdelkader and Mohammad show how Lebanese, Syrian and Palestinian children, teachers, and animators are playing an active role in effecting positive change in their communities through the Rainbow of Hope project.


From Syria to the Heart of Europe: Journey of a Refugee Actor

Search’s theater program helped three-time refugee Mahmoud find his vocation. Now, he’s using what he learned to support Syrian refugees in Germany.


Accommodating Religious Identity in Youth Peacebuilding Programs

This toolkit presents an overview of how our programs engage, respect, and accommodate young people’s religious identities around the world, based on insights from Search for Common Ground staff and evaluations. The toolkit identifies positive outcomes and challenges from case studies in the field, examining the different types of programming engaging young people and their religious identities (inter-, intra-, and non-religious programming). A section with recommendations for incorporating gender sensitivities in religious peacebuilding follows, and the toolkits concludes with a review of practical religious considerations for designing and implementing programs. At the end of the toolkit, two appendices provide additional guidance on religious sensitivity in the program cycle and relevant resources for further reading.

We hope that sharing insights from programs in different locations and contexts will contribute to the efforts of Search and other peace practitioners to continuously improve practice in this area.


Youth-led Research Guidance Note

Youth-led research is a powerful tool for youth empowerment and engagement, and for inquiry contributing to improved understanding of community issues. At Search for Common Ground, we have pioneered projects which put the power of research, design, and advocacy in the hands of young people.

This guidance note presents some of the lessons learned by youth-led research projects in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Burundi, and Tanzania. The intention of this document is to assist practitioners in recognizing the multiple values of youth-led research as a program approach and to identify key considerations to help guide the design and implementation of new projects.