People in Maine have amazing talents and there are incredible resources around us for creating peaceful communities and resolving conflicts respectfully. Some friends have sent links and I know of others. These focus on schools / youth programs and is by no means exhaustive. I hope people will use the comments to add to the list -- I'll update it into a big permanent list after a bit...
** Staying Safe: Violence Prevention Skills for People with Disabilities A Train the Trainer Course on October 11th @ USM
** The Tree School : A Preschool / Parent&Child learning enviornment that emphasizes learning about world cultures in a peaceful setting. Teachers engage multiple intelligences in the curriculum.
** The Telling Room : A Portland based writing project for young people -- last year the Telling Room hosted a story project that encouraged young immigrant and refuge teens to share their stories about coming to America.
** A Company of Girls : an afterschool theater program for girls, with an emphasis on creating community, self-expression and developing resiliency / challenging sexism.
** Seeds of Peace : An internationally recognized camp / youth leadership program that helps build empathy and increase knowledge among youth living through geopolitical conflicts.
** Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence : an organization that works locally and nationally to prevent bias crimes among youth by increasing empathy and conflict resolution skills
** Friends School of Portland : A new Quaker School in Maine with an emphasis on peace