Transforming conflict and violence

Peacekeepers is a crisis prevention, intervention and response program that provides services to youth ages 10-22 and their families living in Bayview Hunters Point.

In 2002, one of the most violent years in Hunters Point history, community activists and conflict interrupters Terrell Rodgers and Demitrius Williams came up with the concept for Peacekeepers. Both Rodgers and Williams intervened often in youth conflicts that could have otherwise developed into gang-style turf wars. Together they formed Peacekeepers to train confident and capable youth activists willing to help de-escalate potential violence in their community.

95% of youth report developing stronger critical thinking skills as a result of HPF programming.

The San Francisco Housing Authority, the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, and the Neighborhood Safety Partnership supported Peacekeepers as a viable entity operating out of the Alice Griffith (formerly Double Rock) housing development. In 2003, Peacekeepers became part of the Hunters Point Family.

Education & Technology

  • Educational advocacy and guidance
  • Computer instruction
  • Computer lab

Life & Career

  • Individualized care management
  • Employment development
  • Gender-specific support
  • Individual and family counseling

Health & Nutrition

  • Nutrition cooking class
  • Life-skills workshops
  • Urban farming

Art & Fitness

  • Art workshops
  • Enrichment classes
  • Recreational outings
  • Annual camping trip

* From a 2012 Youth Development evaluation administered by the Bayview Hunters Point Community Fund.