|HIPP Making a Difference at Watkinson|
by University of Hartford Communications Intern Kimberly Bigelow
Comprised of ten middle school students and four 8th-grade student facilitators, Watkinson HIPP attended a workshop at the University of Hartford on Monday, February 23.
HIPP, or the Help Increase the Peace Program, describes itself as a project designed by the Middle Atlantic Region of the American Friends Service Committee that teaches nonviolent approaches to solving conflicts and social change.
“The intent of the program is to encourage and help build leadership skills around peaceful solutions to conflicts and building better communication skills,” said Diane Weinholtz, one of the Watkinson HIPP advisors, “Then the students go back to their advisory groups and help to lead activities and discussions around important issues.”