Students from more than 15 Chicago high schools met Friday at Walter Payton High School. They have organized workshops to train students on conflict resolutions and peer mentorship.
Family members who lost children to recent violence also attended the event.
Rita Sally lost her daughter last year. She encouraged the students to stand up for peace.
"It can reach out and touch anybody, anybody, nobody's immune. So you gotta keep aiming for that peace and eventually one day, one day we'll get our communities cleaned up. We'll have it. We will have it. But it has to start with the family," said Rita Sally.
Student organizers can apply for grants to help fund peace projects they create for their high school.