The World Faith Strategy
World Faith engages religiously diverse youth to lead development projects locally in their community. This reduces violence through Contact Theory, which sociologist Robert Putnam explains: “knowing someone within a particular religious group means a more positive assessment of that group in general— whether you have known that someone for a long time or not.”
Secondly, young people are less likely to engage in violence when they realize the positive impact they can have on their local community. For many World Faith volunteers, it is the first time they see themselves as stakeholders in their community. This sense of empowerment raises the threshold for violence further.
World Faith has mobilized 5,000 volunteers in 300,000 hours of service, directly impacting the lives of 500,000 people.