The mission of Rise to Peace is to both Counter and Prevent Violent Extremism through multiple inter-related educational initiatives, including:
1. The Rise to Peace Quarterly Expert Symposium
The Rise to Peace Quarterly Expert Symposium gathers renowned experts from various fields (academia, humanitarian organizations, law enforcement, the military, diplomats and foreign service officers) to explore the genesis of global radicalization and how to counter the rise of violent extremist ideology. Each symposium is sponsored by a university and held at different locations across the United States and the world.
Community PVE Mentoring Teams
Rise to Peace trains and places various PVE mentoring teams, which include social workers and college undergraduate and graduate volunteers, throughout various cities with at-risk communities. As part of this initiative, Rise to Peace Mentoring Teams meet with youth at schools and community centers to promote the role of democratic institutions and global education and the evils of extremism and violence.
The Rise to Peace Terrorism CVE Data-Base and Research Repository
Rise to Peace, through its network of skilled undergraduate and graduate student interns and volunteers, conducts organic analytical research on the origins and proliferation of radicalization and extremism throughout the world. This research is posted on Rise to Peace’s website and social media platforms to track in real-time various terrorist events around the globe. Rise to Peace also posts numerous analytical discussion papers related to extremism, all with the goal of thwarting the proliferation of “electronic-hatred” posted by numerous terrorist groups with a candid and honest discussion of the origins of terrorism and solutions to end violence.
The Rise to Peace Interview Project
The foundation of Rise to Peace’s educational initiative is the Interview Project, in which Rise to Peace personally interviews persons who formerly embraced extremist ideology and became misguided foot soldiers for groups such as the Taliban, al-Shabaab and ISIS. Rise to Peace travels around the globe to conduct these interviews to understand and examine how these people, most of whom were very young, were recruited and radicalized, and what eventually enabled them to break the chains of extremism.
Through each of these inter-related educational programs, Rise to Peace seeks to Counter and Prevent Violent Extremism with a unique initiative that focuses on intervention at an early age. Rise to Peace conveys lessons of individual trouble and sacrifice to highlight how the youth are susceptible to extremism recruitment, yet how we can learn from these failures to prevent the growth and proliferation of violence and extremism today and in years to come.