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Join us in building a society that celebrates and values youth peacemaking.

The Peace First Prize is not just about winners. The Peace First Prize is about recognizing the thousands of young people across the country who are taking a stand, confronting injustice, and working together to build a more peaceful world through incredible acts, both large and small. Celebrating peacemaking shows young people that their efforts are noticed and valued by the greater community, and emphasizes the critical role youth play in building a safer, more just and peaceful world. 

Download our Celebration Toolkit here to help you celebrate the young people you nominate for the Peace First Prize.

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Are you a young person who is ready to try out peacemaking or take your peacemaking work to the next level?

Take a look at Peacemaking in Action: A Youth Starter Guide

Try out our Community Mapping Grid to help you discover what you love about your community, and what you would love to change.

Are you an adult who wants to introduce peacemaking to youth?

Peace First envisions a world where all young people learn and practice the concrete skills of peacemaking—conflict resolution, communication, cooperation, civic engagement, empathy—every day, just like reading, math and science. In teaching these critical social emotional learning skills and providing opportunities for young people to practice these skills, we nurture and unleash the inherent calling of young people to be natural and highly effective problem solvers.

Visit our Digital Activity Center for hundreds of cooperative games, activities, and a full curriculum to support you in teaching and fostering peacemaking in your classroom, school, or youth organization. All of our resources are available for download free of charge.

Access the Digital Activity Center here.

Do you want to provide young people with powerful examples of youth peacemakers?

Watch our Prize Winners’ videos and use our Prize Winners Video Discussion Guides to start a conversation about peacemaking to inspire more young people to get involved.

Download our Video Guides here.

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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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