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Youth Group Pledge
must start within ourselves and in our youth group. Each of us, members of
_______________________________________ , commit ourselves as best we can to become
nonviolent and peaceable people.
To Respect Self and Others
To respect myself, to affirm others and to avoid uncaring criticism,
hateful words, physical or emotional attacks, negative peer pressure,
and self-destructive behavior, including abuse of alcohol and drugs.
To Communicate Better
To share my feelings honestly, to look for safe ways to express my anger
and other emotions, to work at solving problems peacefully,
and to encourage an open system of communication throughout the group.
To listen carefully to one another, especially those who disagree with me,
and to consider others' feelings and needs as valid as my own.
To apologize and make amends when I have hurt another,
to forgive others, and to keep from holding grudges.
To Respect Nature
To treat the environment and all living things with respect and care
and to promote environmental concern in our faith community.
To Recreate Nonviolently
To select activities and entertainment that strengthen my commitment to
nonviolence and that promote a less violent society, and to avoid social activities that
make violence look exciting, funny or acceptable.
To Act Courageously
To challenge violence in all its forms whenever I encounter it,
whether at home, at school, at work, or in the community, and to stand with others
who are treated unfairly, even if it means standing alone.
This is our pledge. We will check
to keep our promise to build a more peaceable youth group.
"Eliminating violence, one
youth group at a time, starting with our own."
Institute for Peace and Justice
475 East Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119
Phone: (314) 918-2630 --- Fax: (314) 918-2643
Teens Acting for Peace