Youth Peace Leaders are high school students interested in gaining real-world experience in design-thinking and project management.
Near-Peer Mentorships are available to high school graduates under the age of 25 interested in developing
professional skills for the
competitive market that lies beyond graduation.
We are always looking for professionals who are interested in working with youth to develop impactful and meaningful change projects.
Local organizations play a vital role in the success of our Threads and their change projects by offering support, partnership, and opportunities to learn what is possible in our community.
of the Social Fabric Initiative is to prepare youth for success while contributing to a more connected and peaceful San Diego. We believe that if youth are given the opportunity to work collaboratively in diverse teams and to make positive contributions to their community, then they will gain the skills and relationships necessary for success. And, the strong social networks created by the youth will strengthen the social fabric throughout San Diego as a whole.
"The Youth Peace Leaders I worked with created and executed their own project to address plastic pollution. As a Mentor, all I did was provide some resources and advice. SFI understands that when it comes to learning, there is no substitute for real-world experience. Every future leader stands to benefit from a program that puts them on the front lines, rather than just keeping them in a classroom."
"The number one thing that I took away from the SFI experience was that my age does not affect the type and amount of change that I could create. In a matter of weeks I saw the true power in people my age."
“Thank you for taking into consideration the power of youth. You bring us all a hope in life to continue being leaders, making history happen. Without the representatives and directors of this opportunity, the voice of our youth would continue being silent. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.”
"My experience with the Social Fabric Initiative was pivotal. I entered as a Youth Peace Leader with a desire to learn, but after two months of hands on experience I emerged with a greater understanding and new outlook about the complexities of reformative and juvenile justice. I came away from my experience more deeply aware of how difficult it is to affect positive change in a system rooted in a tradition that no longer works. The program gave me so much more than I expected."