What is peacemaking?

Peacemaking is the creative process of engaging with others to make positive and lasting change. Read our manifesto for more details.

What is Peace First?

Peace First is a global nonprofit organization that exists to create the next generation of peacemakers. We view young people as natural problem solvers and creative thinkers, and invest in their ability to see themselves as leaders. Visit the Peace First website to learn more.

How do I become a peacemaker?

Finding yourself here is a good start! Being a peacemaker means a lot of things – read our manifesto to see how being a peacemaker looks in your daily life. You can also accept the Peace First Challenge and apply peacemaking to find compassionate solutions to the injustices in your community.

How can I get involved with Peace First?

We have a number of ways for you to engage with us.

1) If you are between the ages of 13-24, accept the Peace First Challenge and begin your peacemaking journey.

2) If you’d like to provide a gift to Peace First, please donate today.

3) If you’re not sure how you’d like to get involved, contact us and we will do our best to find an opportunity for you to help out.

What is the Peace First Challenge?

The Peace First Challenge is a global call-to-action to all young people to join a community of peacemakers dedicated to finding compassionate solutions to the world’s problems.Young people will take action by completing five stages in their peacemaking journey: 1) Register your team; 2) Uncover your insight; 3) Create your plan; 4) Act, Reflect, Share; and 5) Accelerator.

Read more about the Peace First Challenge.

I don't live in the U.S. Can I still join?

Yes! The Peace First Challenge is a global campaign. However, the mini-grants are currently only open to residents of the United States.

What are the benefits of the Peace First Challenge?

In addition to making positive and peaceful contributions to your community, there are lots of benefits to taking the Peace First Challenge! Here are a few:

  • Access to tools that take you step by step in creating a peacemaking project.
  • Online mentors and groups can provide feedback and answer questions.
  • Youth can share their stories and accomplishments through project pages.
  • Mini-grants break down financial barriers so youth can put their peacemaking projects into action.
  • Celebration of you and your peacemaking work, shared with an international audience.

Can I receiving funding for my work?

You will have access to up to $250 mini-grants to support your peacemaking project. At the time, only US residents are elegible for this funding.

What is a Group Facilitator?

A Group Facilitator will guide young people through the Peace First Challenge and peacemaking journey. They will create groups, invite participants, start conversations, and mederate posts. This is great for classrooms, clubs and after school programs.

What is the Peace First Prize?

The Peace First Prize celebrates exemplary peacemaking by young people. It recognizes young people who have created peacemaking projects using compassion, courage, and collaboration. Winners will enter a Peace First Fellowship and will serve as Peace First ambassadors, where they share their stories with other young people and adults to foster a culture of peacemaking. Learn more about Peace First Prize Winners here. Nominations and applications for the Peace First Prize are currently closed.

I'm an adult - how can I support the Peace First Challenge?

You can support the Peace First Challenge by donating today.

You can also help spread the word and share the Peace First Challenge with your friends and family.

And finally, you can guide young people through the Peace First Challenge by being a group facilitator. This is great for classrooms, clubs, after school programs, etc. Peace First will provide you with digital tools that you can use to guide young people through their peacemaking journey. You will also have access to videos that provide overviews of each stage and an online group where you can get support from other facilitators and Peace First staff.

What is the "Peacemaking journey"?

When we refer to your “Peacemaking Journey”, we are referring to the 5 stages your will go through to complete the Peace First Challenge:

1) Choose an Injustice,

2) Understand through Compassion,

3) Start your Project Planning,

4) Take Action, and

5) Reflect and Share your Story.

You can learn more about these stages here.

What are the digital tools for peacemaking?

The tools are built as facilitators guides that will give facilitators everything they need to run all the Peace First Challenge activitie

Do all teams get $250 mini-grants?

To be eligible to receive a mini-grant, teams will need to register, choose an injustice, submit a suggested solution they want to implement and a plan on how they want to do it. When they submit the plan, they will indicate how much money they would like to request and what they can provide in terms of in-kind resources. For example, if you only need $100, you can request only the $100 that you need.

What is a mentor?

A mentor is usually an adult that provides guidance to young people to help them complete the Peace First Challenge. If a young person cannot find a mentor in their community, Peace First will assign them to an online mentor.

What happens after a specific Challenge finishes?

Projects that are posted in the Peace First Challenge website stay on the website and they can continue being part of the community. There are other similar challenges that will be launched later in the year and mini-grants are also available for teams of young people that are not part of this challenge in case they can’t complete their project in time.

What other organizations partner with the Peace First Challenge?

Peace First has national partnerships with leading youth development organizations, including: Girl Scouts, Boys and Girls Club of America, YWCA, City Year, generationOn, Global Citizen, MENTOR, Teach For All, and The Bully Project. See a full list of our partners.

What types of projects are young people working on?

Projects can be big or small. They can also address any injustice, as long as they use a peacemaking lens of courage, compassion, and collaboration. For example, Matthew Kaplan started The Be ONE Project to encourage empathy among young people and end bullying. Amanda Matos started the WomanHOOD Project to empower young women of color to become more engaged with politics and community leadership. While Danielle Liebl started DIFFERbilities, an experience to build positive relationships between students with and without disabilities. Meet peacemakers and learn about their projects!