To help create a more peaceful world, the mission of PeaceMaker Minnesota is to help schools be safer places, free from bullying and harassment, and to help youth learn positive relational skills like empathy, respect, cooperation and how to resolve conflicts peacefully.


Students from Next Step Transition Program at Independent School District 622 North St. Paul - Maplewood - Oakdale kicked off their training with fourth grade students at Castle Elementary this month.

In partnership with the Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities, the Ambassadors for Respect Program (A4R) brings individuals with developmental disabilities into elementary classrooms to help students learn the importance of including others, using kind, Person First language; and being an advocate for themselves and others.

In addition to Next Step Transition Program, PeaceMaker partners with and supports staff at Merrick, Inc., a community-based service provider, and Transition Plus, part of the Minneapolis Public Schools to prepare the ambassador teams.

The program received a State Government Innovation Award from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and The Bush Foundation this year. Watch this video to learn more.  


November 22, 2019