Where We Work: US and Canada
Since launching the Peace First Challenge in the United States on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in 2017, we’ve helped young people around the country lead transformative social change - mobilizing against gun violence, working for racial justice and equity in their schools and communities, and creating innovative solutions to our mental health epidemic. A network of hundreds of partner organizations across the US - from schools to advocacy groups - helps to connect young people with our programs. We’ve gone on tour with Lady Gaga helping young people lead projects defined by bravery, kindness, and inclusion on the day of her concerts; we’ve run nationwide social change challenges with America’s Promise Alliance, the Allstate Foundation, and the Carnegie Foundation, and we’ve hosted Accelerators to help young people from across the country scale their innovative solutions to injustices in their communities. Recently, we launched a program to provide funding, coaching, and community to young Black leaders working for racial justice. In 2020, we began funding our first projects in Canada.
Project Mislead - Manu Onteeru
Recognizing how a "silent epidemic" of lead and heavy metal poisoning was more significantly impacting BIPOC communities, Manu created Project Mislead, a youth-led education program for the most affected communities.
Halle started the Drained Podcast to share stories and conversations that center on mental health and features the stories of first-gen African students who leave their countries to go to college in America.
St Louis Queer+ Support Hotline
Luka started SLQSH to provide mental health support and connection to a curated database of over 1,000 affirming resources in Missouri to LGBTQ people in need.
Fellow in Residence & Regional Manager, US & Canada
Brennan Lewis (they/them)
In 2015, Brennan joined the Peace First community as a Fellow and recipient of the Peace First Prize for their statewide work with LGBTQ youth across North Carolina through QueerNC. Their previous roles include working as an organizer for Equality North Carolina and internships with the Human Rights Campaign Government Affairs team in D.C. and the Asheville-based Campaign for Southern Equality. Brennan graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in Public Policy and Women’s and Gender Studies. This is the second year participating as a Fellows-in-Residence.