Building Empathy and Respect Benefit Dinner

Join us in celebrating our success with a gallery of compelling stories, captivating visuals and fine wine. Click on the link to register or make a donation: Building Empathy and Respect Dinner


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San Mateo Daily Journal supports PCRC’s Bullying Workshop

Thank you to San Mateo Daily Journal for your continued support of PCRC.  This article appeared in today’s paper about this evenings Beyond Bullying Workshop.  Like us on facebook and check back here to share stories and photos after tonight!

San Mateo Daily Journal

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Beyond Bullying Behaviors: Promoting Empathy and Respect Among Youth

Bullying behavior is a barrier to the safe and respectful learning and living environments every young person deserves.

Join us at this workshop to learn how you can address this problem at home and at school!

When: Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
Time: 4:30-7:30pm
Cost: $50 Registration Fee

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Often, a mural is an enticement to attract public attention to social issues. For the teens participating in PCRC’s Emerging Leaders Program, a mural is much more.

The idea of exposing a work of art depicting youth images on a wall of the South San Francisco High School required a series of steps. “We spent a lot of time researching muralism, Hip-Hop culture, art, community beautification and other forms of creative expression,” explained Gustavo Lopez, PCRC Youth Program Associate, to describe the first step of the ELP Mural Project. Secondly, they hired a professional muralist who helped in the development of the mural.

The third step was to conduct fundraising activities to support the purchase of supplies, transportation, consultant services and an unveiling event. The group raised $1165.00 through the “GoFundMe” website in less than four months. The painting phase started on July 25th and took four days to complete. “This project represented an opportunity to be critically conscious, empowered and invested agents in the school and community of South San Francisco,” added Lopez.

The mural reflects and embraces positive images of youth, as well as their culture and diversity. At the same time, it has a broader significance: a mural created BY people FOR people. “The mural brought new ideas to youth on what we can do to bring forward a message to the community, many people from the community supported this project by giving donations towards the paint and I felt proud and glad that I had a chance to help,” said Marco Magallo, program participant. As Mexican muralist Jose Clemente Orozco once noted: “The highest, the most logical, the purest form of painting is the mural. It is, too, the most disinterested form, for it cannot be made a matter of private gain: it cannot be hidden away for the benefit of a certain privileged few. It is for the people. It is for all.”

The EML Mural will be unveiled at a special event on Wednesday, September 18, 2013. For more information read on, or please contact Gustavo Lopez at

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ELP Mural Unveiling: Wed. Sep. 18th

What: ELP Mural Unveiling
When: Wed. Sep. 18th
Time 4:00pm-6:30pm
Date: Wed. September 18, 2013
Location: South City High School / 400 Bst., SSF, 94080
Contact: Gustavo Lopez /



Come and support the Emerging Leaders Program as they unveil their new mural to the community. We will have food, drinks, and music. You will get a chance to hear from the Emerging Leaders youth as they talk about their experiences painting and organizing their mural.

This event is open to the public.

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Changes: Youth Uniting Community

On Friday, April 26th, 2013 the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center’s Empowering Youth Initiative (EYI) held their event Changes: Youth Uniting Community at San Mateo High School. EYI staff coordinated the event with help from Team S.E.V.E.N. Possibilities from Public Allies. Youth leaders from PCRC’s MANA Program at San Mateo High School and the Emerging Leaders Project (ELP) at South San Francisco, Capuchino, and Jefferson High Schools took the lead in planning the event.

Prior to Changes, EYI staff along with Team S.E.V.E.N. Possibilities held meet-ups and trainings for youth leaders to build community, learn basic event planning and leadership skills, and discuss their aims and goals surrounding the event.

The event had a successful turnout of youth, parents, and school faculty and staff.  In addition, community organizations shared resources and opportunities available in San Mateo County. With the mission of empowering ourselves through art, expression, and knowledge, Changes provided the event’s participants with workshops surrounding different forms of expression, from theater to graffiti to Afro-Latin drumming. To cap off the night, Changes showcased performances and raffled off prizes from local artists and musicians.

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