Our Accelerator Program supports young people who have completed the Peace First Challenge and want to improve, expand and/or scale their project.
Unlike the Peace First Challenge, the Accelerator Program is a competitive, application-based program. When places in our Accelerator Program open up, we share an application with eligible members of our community who have completed a Peace First Challenge project, and all are welcome to apply. Some Accelerators are targeted to young people in specific geographic areas or working on specific injustices. Others are open to all young people in our community.
Projects that are selected for a Peace First Accelerator embark on a nine-month, guided journey to take their project to the next level, including:
- An Accelerator Grant of up to $2500 USD
- Guided training modules designed to help you develop your strategic plan for the next phase of your project, including intensive training in monitoring & evaluation, fundraising, sustainability and storytelling
- Regular one-on-one mentorship from an experienced coach on the Peace First team
- Access to Peace First staff members for specialized coaching
- Access to a cohort of peers in the Accelerator Program who can provide feedback and support
- Advice from experts in your field during a Peace First Brain Trust event
- An opportunity to pitch your project in front of a curated audience
Lavinya’s vision to create The Black Curriculum (TBC) came from first hand experiences in British formal education and never seeing black people in her history books. She witnessed the effects of systemic disenfranchisement through the exclusion of Black pupils and Black British history. Young people learning general 'Black history' in the lone month of October was simply not good enough. She is determined to challenge the Eurocentricity of the school curriculum at a nationwide level. Lavinya believes in the power of education, and the arts to ultimately transform the lives of people. As a Peace First Accelerator project, The Black Curriculum aims to deliver black British history all across the UK. TBC runs a range of virtual and in-person programmes to schools, young people and corporations to promote the importance of Black history. TBC also has a curriculum for teachers and educators and develops free and licensable resources for schools to teach students about Black history.
Zoe Chen, Co-Founder of Divergent Thinking and her team. Divergent Thinking is a creative platform based in London that offers a range of workshops focusing on different ways of thinking. Zoe's project is about creating and sharing online educational courses to a global community with a focus on creating learning tools for young people who have alternative ways of thinking. This project aims to encourage young people to harness their unique cognitive abilities to build up a strong sense of confidence, initiative, and entrepreneurship.