Creating and celebrating the next generation of peacemakers

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Peace First is a national nonprofit working to create the next generation of peacemakers. They teach children how to act peacefully, inspire and enable teachers to teach peacemaking skills, and encourage everyone to see and celebrate the role that young peacemakers can have in changing their own lives, their schools, communities, and the world at large.

Founded in 1992, Peace First teaches children the social-emotional skills of cooperation, communication, conflict resolution, and empathy — as well as the skills of civic engagement through the organization’s signature peacemaking curriculum, developed and refined over 20 years. Peace First is now leveraging their years of expertise to scale for long-term growth. To do this they are focusing on two major national initiatives: scaling the idea of youth peacemaking through the Peace First Prize which champions youth activists, and scaling the practice of youth peacemaking through the Peace First Digital Activity Center, which shares their curriculum online.

The Peace First Prize is a national platform to promote the power of youth peacemaking. The Prize, similar to a “Nobel Peace Prize” for youth, awards and celebrates young people ages eight through 22 who have created projects to promote peace and justice in their schools or communities and galvanized others to create collaborative change. Winners will each receive a two-year $50,000 fellowship to further their peacemaking work. Winners of the inaugural prize will be announced in Fall 2013. We are sharing the stories of our winners, and the stories of the hundreds of applicants, to inspire other youth to follow in their footsteps.