Young people in the UK have largely been disenfranchised - it is more difficult than ever to find a job, higher-education costs have tripled, there are fewer vocational bursaries, public spaces for young people have been disappearing, the list goes on.
Peace First believes young people have the power to solve these problems – not someday – right now.
Peace First’s UK Challenge is uniting young people from different backgrounds to take action together, using the power of their collective voices to create healthier and fairer communities in which to live, work, and play.
All participating teams receive access to digital tools and mentorship and are eligible for mini-grants of up to $250. In 2019, Peace First will award three £2,500 Accelerator Grants to especially transformative projects. The recipients of these grants will participate in virtual events, where they will receive intensive support to support them to deepen their impact.
The UK Challenge, which offers a safe space for young people to talk about the issues facing their communities and initiate projects that help solve problems through the Peace First Platform, is powered by a coalition led by the Act for Change Fund, a joint initiative between Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, working in partnership with the National Lottery Community Fund. Additional coalition members include The Key, The Mix, Revolution Hive, Young Scot, Council for Wales of Voluntary Youth Services, UK Youth, YouthAction Northern Ireland, Zing Foundation and Big Lottery Fund.