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 your team submits the plan, you will indicate how much money you would like to request and what you can provide in terms of in-kind resources. For example, if you only need $100, you can request only the $100 that you need.
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.
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 themesleves as leaders. Learn more about Peace First here.
The Digital Activity Center houses our signature peacemaking curriculum, which is tailored to meet the developmental needs of young people and to help them develop and practice positive behaviors. Visit the website to learn more.
We have a number of ways for you to engage with us. 1) Register to join the Peace First community and begin your peacemaking journey. 2) If you'd like to provide a gift to Peace First, please go to this page. 3) If you're not sure how to get involved, please fill out this form and email us and we will do our best to find an opportunity for you to help out!
When we refer to your “Peacemaking Journey”, we are referring to the 5 stages you will go through to complete your peacemaking project:
1) Choose an Injustice
2) Understand through Compassion
3) Start your Project Planning
4) Take Action
5) Reflect and Share your Story.
Yes! All are welcome to join the Peace First community and begin peacemaking in their own communities.
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.
Peacemaking is the creative process of engaging with others to make positive and lasting change.
The Peace First Prize is designed to showcase young people who have confronted injustice, crossed lines of difference, and had the courage and compassion to create lasting change. The Prize is currently on pause, but you can still share your story and receive funding through our mini-grants once you've registered as a user!
We are excited about the increasing number of international young people who are joining the Peace First platform, creating their peacemaking projects, and requesting mini-grants to support the implementation of their project! Peace First is pleased to provide mini-grants up to $250 USD to support young peacemakers from outside the U.S. and U.K. in taking action in their communities.
In order to secure your eligibility for the mini-grants, ensure a high level of accountability for Peace First, and make sure that money is going to help the implementation of the projects that run by the young people, you are invited to submit the following:
- Skype ID: we will be conducting a 20-30 minutes call with you after you’ve submitted the mini-grant request;
- A photocopy of your identification or passport;
- A reference letter from a non-governmental organization (NGO) or Community Based Organization (CBO) that you are working or volunteering with. See sample reference letter with minimum details required.
- If you never worked or volunteered at an NGO or CBO, then provide us with a recommendation letter from a professor or a teacher. See sample recommendation letter with minimum details required.
We encourage you to submit the required documents as soon as possible so that the verification process will start. These documents can be submitted using this form. The process of verification will usually take two weeks, though times can vary. The sooner you provide the above-required information, the sooner the verification process will start. The verification process includes:
- Reviewing the project and providing feedback by Peace First staff;
- If needed, based on the Peace First criteria and the feedback provided, the team of young people will need to update the project
- Checking ID/Passport and the reference letter by Peace First staff. Peace First staff may contact the reference directly to verify the details provided
- Conducting the Skype call with the young people by Peace First staff;
Based on the above process, you will be notified by email of the final result.
Thanks for your patience and understanding as we work to guarantee a transparent process to ensure the funds we have available go directly to young people changing the world through peacemaking projects. If you have any questions, please contact: [email protected]
You can have access to up to $250 mini-grants to support each of your peacemaking projects.
If you don't see a question you want to ask, please email us here: [email protected]