Calvert Peace Project | Peace Through Action USA

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Welcome to the Calvert Peace Project! Here are some things you can do to join us.

  • Sign up for our email.
  • Register your youth for Peaceful Leaders “Summer of Service” Experience
  • Take our community survey to help us plan our activities for you.
  • Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
  • Volunteer for the project by sending a message to calvert@peacethroughaction.org, or learn more about volunteering at the Project Spudnik Garden.
  • Give money to support the project online, by texting GIVE to 888-604-3969, or by mailing a check to Peace Through Action USA, PO Box 73466, Washington DC 20056-3466.

Project Overview

Community: Calvert County, Maryland

Partners: Broadview Church and Peace Through Action USA

Status: Activities being delivered as of December 2021

Purpose: Increase understanding, collaboration, and community among youth and adults in Calvert County, Maryland by providing civic and social engagement activities with a focus on peace.

Subject Areas of Focus: Environmental Degradation, Incivility, LGBTQIA Equity, Racism

Practical Peaceful Solutions: Civic Engagement, Dialogue Groups, Peace Education, Service Projects, Youth Development

Project Story

Calvert County in southern Maryland continues to evolve from an area once primarily rural in character. Prior to white flight migration from urban cities, which began in the late 1960s, the African American population comprised nearly 50 percent of the county’s then-15,000 residents. As the county grew to its current population of roughly 90,000, African Americans found themselves quickly marginalized with the percentage of the population falling below 12 percent. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, 38,000 residents commute out of the county each day – primarily to the Washington, DC area.

These demographic and cultural shifts have not been without consequence. Tensions between subgroups of the population, such as longer-term and newer residents, have surfaced and are felt. Certainly not to be overlooked are the inequities experienced by the county’s African American residents and which can be traced back to the county’s participation in slavery, but also to the attitudes of White residents who have moved into the county from suburban areas.

In 2015 leaders of several churches and community organizations concluded that time had arrived to address squarely the deep hurts and divisions of too many Calvert County residents. These community leaders determined they could accomplish more together. So, they started #OurCommonCalvert. #OurCommonCalvert brought Calvert community members together for learning, dialogue, and organizing action. The initiative ended in 2020 due to leadership transition and the COVID-19 pandemic.

One of #OurCommonCalvert’s leading member organizations, Broadview Church, sought to continue and expand this community-building work. They invited Peace Through Action USA to join them in organizing and delivering the Calvert County Peace Project.

Peace Through Action has hired a peace agent who is managing this project by planning activities and events, promoting the project, and identifying individuals and entities who would be interested in participating in activities and events.

Project Activities

  • Training of youth in social and emotional skills, peaceful practices, and civic engagement.
  • Training of adults in peacebuilding fundamentals and personal goals setting.
  • Service projects to bring community members together for common good.
  • Civic dialogues on issues of importance to the community.
  • Learning events and field trips on peacebuilding and peace-related subjects.
  • Brief presentations on peacebuilding fundamentals.

Project Target Impacts

Peace Through Action USA will measure impact of the Calvert Peace Project by tracking and reporting the following:

  • Number of activities and events held.
  • Number of attendees at activities and events.
  • Increases in community member knowledge of and ability to practice social, emotional, and civic skills.
  • Changes in community member knowledge, attitudes, skills, or practices about people of diverse backgrounds resulting from attendance at activities and events.

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