Youth, Peace, and Security Act of 2020

What is H.R. 6174, the Youth, Peace, and Security Act of 2020?

Introduced by Representative Meng in March of 2020, H.R. 6174 will promote the inclusive and meaningful participation of youth in peace building and conflict prevention, management, and resolution, as well as post-conflict and recovery efforts. This bill requires the Department of State to coordinate the development and implementation of a whole-of-government strategy to promote the inclusive and meaningful participation of youth in peace building and conflict prevention, management, and resolution, as well as post-conflict and recovery efforts. The President must appoint a coordinator who, in addition to being responsible for leading the implementation of such strategy, is authorized to provide grants, emergency assistance, and technical assistance to eligible youth-led civil society organizations and youth peace-building implementers. The bill also authorizes the President to provide development assistance to expand training, technical assistance, and grants managed and controlled by youth leaders.

Why do we need the Youth, Peace, and Security Act of 2020?

Research has indicated that investing early to prevent conflicts from escalating into violent crises is, on average, 60 times more cost effective than intervening after violence erupts.


 Kenya’s leading business association assessed economic losses from post-election violence in 2008 as US $ 3.6 billion. In contrast, the 2010 constitutional referendum, plagued by similar inter-ethnic tensions, did not see any violence. A violence prevention effort identified and pre-empted nearly 150 incidents of violence. This effort cost only $ 5 million in comparison.


When crises are mediated, agreements occur in 62% of the cases, compared to 27% of un-mediated cases.


In West Philadelphia High School, within two years of implementing a Restorative Discipline program, incidents of assault and disorderly conduct dropped more than 65%. 


Restorative Justice programs in a West Oakland Middle School pilot project eliminated violent fights and expulsions, and reduced suspension rates by more than 75%. 


High schools in Ohio with conflict management programs (Conflict Resolution Education Curriculum) reported that physical violence decreased as much as 43%. The annual cost per student to administer the school conflict management grant training program is approximately $12.00. When compared to the per student cost of suspending a child ($231.00) or expelling a student ($431.00), the program has been cost effective. 


Meditation practices in schools have noticeable benefits. In a San Francisco School implementing transcendental meditation practices called “Quiet Time” saw suspensions decrease by 79 percent and attendance increase by over 98% as well as academic performance noticeably increased. 

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What can I do to take action to get this passed?

Call Your Senators and Urge Them to support H.R. 6174. We need to garner more support in the House so that we can pass this. Use your power as a constituent to sway their support! Find your House Representative and their numbers here!

Here is a sample script to use when calling your Representative: I am a constituent as well as a member of Generation Ratify, the youth-led movement to support Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment and advance gender equality. I am calling you about H.R. 6174, the Youth, Peace, and Security Act of 2020.

Introduced by Representative Meng in March of 2020, H.R. 6174 will promote the inclusive and meaningful participation of youth in peace building and conflict prevention, management, and resolution, as well as post-conflict and recovery efforts.

This is very important because research has indicated that investing early to prevent conflicts from escalating into violent crises is, on average, 60 times more cost effective than intervening after violence erupts. These are skills that our youth can take into any field and use to make the world a more peaceful place.

I urge the Representative to support H.R. 6174, the Youth, Peace, and Security Act of 2020. 

Email Your Representative and Urge Them to support it! As mentioned above, we need to put the pressure on the House to pass this. Use this form to send an email straight to your Representative!

Call other organizers to contact their Representatives. After contacting your Representatives, help mobilize other young people to contact their's by phone-banking our registered members across the country using this phone-bank!

Talk about it on social media. Posting on social media is a great way to not only spread the word and drive people to action, but to also put pressure on our elected officials. Tweet it out by clicking this link!

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