Breaking News: Announcing the 2015 Peace First Prize Winners

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We’ve brought together some terrific partners to launch the Peace First Prize. Take a look at who is on board to support and celebrate youth peacemaking:


Lead Investor

The Pershing Square Foundation 

Legal Partner

Goodwin Procter 

Media Partners

USA Network

General Partners 

Babson Capital Management LLC 
Drew A. Katz Foundation 
Reebok Foundation

Supporting Partner

Hard Rock Café

Fellowship Sponsors 

Ahoora Foundation 
Anne Marie Esser
Bobby Jones and Renee Ifill
Bromley Charitable Trust
Cantor Foundation
Celia Holtzberg

Claire Ross
Dan and Maureen Walker  
The Finke Family Fund  

Fortress Investment Group
Jeff Shames  
Jeffrey C. Walker Family
Jeffrey and Paula Gural
Jennifer and Christopher Tamis
Jeri Finard/Capmarket Consulting

Jesse Peretz & Sarah Sophie Flicker
Jonathan and Stephanie Mandle
KH Capital Partners
Larry & Theresa Salameno 

Lisa Graustein
Loreen Arbus Foundation 
Marsh & McLennan
Michael and Kristin Kelly

Ray Iwonawski
Ron and Marlys Boehm
Sarita Kennedy East Foundation
Shaia Hosseinzadeh


Peace First Prize Ambassadors

Along with Peace First national spokesperson, America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), and Peace First board member, Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation), we have an incredible group of celebrity supporters:


Monique Coleman
High School Musical

Rachel Crow

Vera Farmiga

Up in the Air, Source Code

Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Modern Family

Kat Graham
Vampire Diaries

Ian Harding
Pretty Little Liars

Avan Jogia

Debra Messing
Smash, Will and Grace

Daniella Monet

Rosie Perez

Won’t Back Down

Amy Poehler

Parks and Recreation

Mark Ruffalo
Avengers, The Kids are All Right

Andy Samberg
Saturday Night Live

Peter Sarsgaard
Green Lantern

Cody Simpson
Surfers Paradise - Album

Dylan Sprayberry
Teen Wolf

Sofia Vergara
Modern Family


Presenting Nominators

We’ve also partnered with 15 well-known national organizations to reach over 50 million young people. Our nonprofit partners include:


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2015 peace first prize winners


brennan projectBrennan Lewis, 18, Apex, NC

Growing up a member of the LGBTQ community in rural North Carolina, Brennan saw firsthand the difficulties and feelings of isolation that LGBTQ youth can endure in a heteronormative, and rural, environment. And while Brennan was very fortunate to have a loving support system in their family and friends, they saw others who weren’t as lucky. So with a strong sense of compassion, Brennan and a friend took action and courageously created QueerNC.


grace projectGrace Callwood, 10, Abingdon, MD

Grace is a cancer survivor who learned, through giving away clothing that didn’t fit her post-treatment, that anyone and everyone can help brighten the day of their neighbor. The girls who received Grace’s donation had just moved into a homeless housing complex and were thrilled to be getting new clothes for school. After hearing what a difference her donation made in their day, Grace wanted to help other children who were going through tough times.


jasmine projectJasmine Babers, 19, Rock Island, IL

After watching her best friend and sister endure bullying and witnessing the devastating effects that it can have on them, Jasmine decided it was time someone created an outlet to promote compassion and tolerance among young women.


xiuhtezcatl project 2Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, 15, Boulder, CO

Growing up, Xiuhtezcatl’s father emphasized his obligation to taking care of the land – a privilege and responsibility that, in a world ravaged by climate change, he does not take lightly. He has been on the front lines of the fight for the environment since he was four, attending and leading rallies and summits, always willing to confront adult leaders for the current climate crisis we see today.


yasminearringtonactionphototwoYasmine Arrington, 22, Washington D.C.

2.7 million young people in the US have an incarcerated parent, and statistics show that they are more likely to drop out of high school and go to jail themselves because of it. Yasmine is one of those 2.7 million; she has experienced firsthand the financial and emotional burdens, and the marginalization that a family goes through as a result. And through building a meaningful relationship with her incarcerated parent, by forgiving him, she was motivated to do something to support her peers and help them find their own peace of mind and end this cycle of incarceration.

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