This toolkit presents an overview of how youth programs across the globe accommodate religion, identifying positive outcomes and challenges from case studies in the field. The toolkit starts by examining the different types of programming engaging young people and their religious identities (inter-, intra-, and non-religious programming), and provides case studies with lessons learned for each. A section with recommendations for incorporating gender sensitivities in religious peacebuilding follows, and the toolkits concludes with a review of practical religious considerations for designing and implementing programs. At the end of the toolkit, two appendices provide additional guidance on religious sensitivity in the program cycle and relevant resources for further reading. Search staff from various regions and backgrounds provided insights about respecting, accommodating, and engaging young people’s religious beliefs into inter-, intra-, and non-religious programming for this toolkit. We hope that sharing insights from programs in different locations and contexts will contribute to the efforts of Search and other peace practitioners to continuously improve practice in this area.

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