Backpacks for Peace

The Backpacks for Peace service learning project gave Liberian youth the opportunity to learn about peace building while utilizing their creative abilities to transform recycled plastic into backpacks to be donated to schools or other youth groups. The first phase of the program, piloted September to December 2014, focused on teaching four trainees on how to sew 250 backpacks and care for the sewing machines as future trainers of this program. The second phase launched in February 2015 and trained 20 youth on each step of producing 150 backpacks. The third phase will be implemented in 2016 to train youth to make backpacks and how to sell them in the market to build this into a sustainable program.