Promoting Environmental Action and Community Empowerment

Project PEACE by Youth

Elevating youth leadership via geospatial mapping, environmental science, and citizen science

About Project PEACE by Youth

Project PEACE by Youth was envisioned by educators Paul Ritter and Todd Katz with support from EPA Region 5. Central to the program is teacher and student training from the following: 


  • Collaborate between disciplines on student-led school environmental health projects
  • Empower students as community leaders


  • Use cutting-edge tools to learn more about the environmental health of their school/community
  • Identify a community issue
  • Collect their own data; report impacts to their school and global community
  • Take action! 

Taking Action

Through Project Peace by Youth programming, students explore their own communities and develop actionable projects. The Roots & Shoots Community Mapping activity encourages students to map out their community. Explore student created maps below! 

Teacher Resources

All Teacher Resources, including training agendas, Project PEACE program overview, and timeline are available from the link below. 

Past Events & Recordings

Student Resources


  • Students! Applications to join the Roots & Shoots National Youth Leadership Council are open until October 15 – Learn more!

Upcoming Events 

July 27 - EnviroAtlas Training

2pm – 5pm Central

August 17 - Due date for teacher video upload

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