Opening Minds through Cultural Exchange

A Peacemaking Project by Sue B.

What is the injustice we are solving?

Racism is a problem in our small, rural community. Our community isn’t ready to hear about healing racism or white privilege. A discussion would only further close minds at this point. What we need is a slow-but-sure process and the first step, we believe, is simply exposing members of our community to people of another race or culture — to show that they’re people too.

Our Compassionate Solution:

To solve this injustice of racism
we will address rural youth with limited exposure to other cultures
by holding a cultural exchange program


Adrian B.
5 April 2018 13:19
Hi Sue,

We wanted to let you know that we are extending the deadline for active projects to apply for a Mini-Grant during this Peace First Challenge to April 15th. You can apply for a mini-grant anytime, but meeting the Challenge deadlines will make you eligible for additional opportunities.

If you do not require a mini-grant to complete your project, you can remain eligible for the Accelerator by completing your project and Reflection before the May 31st deadline! If you submit your project plan by April 15th, we'll be sure to provide you with feedback by April 21st to support you with carrying out the plan.

If you are still in early stages of planning, you are also welcome to apply for a mini-grant at a later date -- although you may not be eligible for an Accelerator, the opportunity for funding and support is always there.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and if we can support your project in any way! :)

Kelsey T.
26 March 2018 20:12
Hi Sue! We're excited to hear more about your ideas to address this important injustice! I wanted to let you know about an opportunity -- if you are interested in getting some funding for materials that you need to carry out your project, you can apply for a mini-grant of up to $250.

The deadline to submit your Project Plan and Mini-Grant Application is March 31st if you want to remain eligible to apply to attend a Peace First Accelerator.

As you craft your plan, be sure to consider the feedback we gave you on your compassionate insight, and check out our project planning tools for help turning your insight into a concrete action plan:

Then, through your dashboard you can make any changes you want to make to your "compassionate insight," record your plan in "Make a plan" and then "Apply for a mini-grant" for the materials you need.

Let us know if you have questions. We're looking forward to supporting your project!
RaulPF C.
2 March 2018 14:56
Hi Sue!
Thanks so much for posting this project.

As part of the Peace First project-making process, we give formal feedback on your compassionate insight. Once your insight is all set, then you can move forward with your mini-grant application if you need funds to help move your idea into action!

I want to give you feedback on your insight:
"To solve this injustice of
we will address
rural youth with limited exposure to other cultures
holding a cultural exchange program"

It is great that you are trying to make a difference in your community. I think you have identified a good root cause of the issue you are trying to address. I think your insight could be even better if you can define a little bit better the particular angle of the injustice that you want to address. You can use our full toolkit to go through the different steps of identifying this angle better and thinking about who you should talk to and how to approach those discussions in a safe way. You can find that at:

I look forward to seeing your project evolve over the next couple of months!