Paxeducare’s Blog

April 13, 2009, 5:40 pm
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Thanks to several generous grants this year, we have been able to offer many workshops for youth and adults, teaching the skills of nonviolence and leadership development, using a program first developed by Quakers, the Help Increase the Peace program (HIPP). Here is a description of HIPP from the Pax Educare web site, with information taken from the American Friends Service Committee

What is HIPP? (Used with permission from the website of the American Friends Service Committee

“The Help Increase the Peace Program, known as HIPP, teaches young people and adults communication skills for conflict resolution. And it does more. HIPP confronts prejudice and renews our hope to be agents for positive social change. The training introduces alternatives to violence and bullying and allows participants to practice various options by modeling and role playing. Exercises include self-affirmation and discovery of how insensitivity can magnify problems.

HIPP was developed by the American Friends Service Committee staff in Syracuse, New York, in 1991 as a youth-oriented program to address the epidemic of violence in schools. HIPP is based on the conviction that nonviolence and participation in our communities can better each of us and our world.

Workshops focus on three themes: options to violence; dealing with racism, prejudices, and our differences; and the belief that we can each participate in our communities to bring about positive social change.

HIP training is composed of three levels of workshops, each three days long, with increases in skill. Or you can become a facilitator by participating in the five-day summer institute.

The building blocks of the workshops are affirmation, communication, cooperation, conflict resolution, and prejudice reduction.

HIPP uses cooperative games, discussions, role-playing, and lively group activities to build skills.

A number of young people who have gone through HIPP have become workshop leaders or assistants. HIPP facilitators are of various ages, races, and genders– reflecting the different audiences of HIPP.

HIPP has been effectively applied in middle and high schools where administrators, teachers, and staff members enjoyed and praised the program. It has also been used with adults and mixed ages in community centers, church basements, offices, and on college campuses. HIPP teaches leadership skills, builds community, and increases participants’ self-esteem. It is, by design, fun, easy to replicate, and can be adapted for different audiences and situations. HIPP can go anywhere! ”

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We are grateful to our funders who have helped underwrite the costs of the HIPP Program:

Biosophical Institute,
The Hartford Courant Foundation,
The Ensworth Charitable Trust,
Bank of America, Trustee

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A Help Increase the Peace (HIPP) Workshop –

  • Is dynamic, interactive and fun! Experience first, discussion second.
  • Builds self-esteem, confidence to resist peer pressure and impulse control.
  • Gives positive strategies to deal with conflict.
  • Develops creative problem solving with practice and role-plays.
  • Demonstrates that violence is not the answer.
  • Helps people make a difference in their lives and their communities.


Pax Educare HIPP Workshops

Pax Educare coordinates the HIPP activities in the greater Hartford area. Contact us if you are interested in hosting a training or participating in our 08-09 workshops. There is a greater HIPP network e list which is international. To sign up, contact us.



See More Photos from Past HIPP Program in our Photo Gallery