Spotlight on The Center for Peacemaking

By Stephanie Russell

Three dynamic organizations are pairing up to combat physical, mental, and emotional violence here in Denver. The wonderful thing about this group is that they are not only acting to provide services to meet immediate needs, but they are actively engaging with younger generations to stop the cycle of violence before it even begins. The Conflict Center, Project PAVE, and the Colorado Anti-Violence Program all strive to educate and recruit the future leaders of antiviolence work.

For over twenty years, The Conflict Center has been serving communities by offering conflict resolution and violence prevention programming in Denver. The Conflict Center’s mission is to “prevent physical, verbal, and emotional violence by partnering with individuals and communities to shift perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors through education and skill-building.” The mission of Project PAVE is to empower youth to end the cycle of relationship violence.  The cycle of relationship violence is generational and affects people in every community. PAVE’s approach to ending this cycle is through Intervention, Prevention Education, and Youth Leadership. Since 1986 the Colorado Anti-Violence Program has been dedicated to eliminating violence within and against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities in Colorado, and providing the highest quality services to survivors. All three of these organizations have long-standing and established track records, and we are so excited to see how sharing space is able to transform their relationships with the potential for some shared programming!

On March 12th, the Conflict Center, Project Pave, and The Colorado Anti-Violence Program were selected for the 2014 Denver Shared Spaces Technical Assistance program. These three amazing programs are already sharing space, but over the next calendar year these three organizations will work with selected consultants to optimize their space, working relationships, and maximize their potential in an effort to achieve better fulfillment of their prospective and collective missions. Rather than simply cohabitating a space, these organizations are aiming to engage in collaboration to enhance the wonderful work that they already do individually as well as increase their impact on the outside community.

Ron Ludwig, The Conflict Center Executive Director, explained that the cohort is excited to engage with Denver Shared Spaces and outside consultants to get a fresh perspective on ways that their organizations can better leverage resources, space, and relationships to maximize mission fulfillment of their mission. Ron further described that by sharing space and building a sense of community in the building, the organizations can learn from one another and use that shared knowledge to become more well-rounded practitioners and better inform the work that they already do. Ron is looking forward to leveraging the knowledge, skills, and resources that exist within these organizations to do meaningful and high-impact work within the community.

Stay tuned to www.denversharedspaces.org for cohort updates throughout the year!