Art of Ball

A Peacemaking Project by Youth V.

What is the injustice we are solving?

We are a group of 10 high school seniors that decided that we wanted to do something about youth violence and help for the less fortunate in our communities. We came up with the idea to hold a basketball league for middle schoolers in the city of Boston. Included within this basketball league, we plan to give these kids mentorship and a way to express themselves through art as an alternative to violence. This opportunity would provide a safe haven for our youth to enjoy being a young person in society versus being a statistic. Many leagues in this city are very expensive and those who can't afford to play are not allowed to play. Our league would cost $10 to enter. However, our budget only allows for 3 days and we feel in order to change their lives for the better, we need more than three Saturdays. We would like to hold the league for a bit longer than a month at our school.

Our Compassionate Solution:

To solve this injustice of high youth crime rates
we will address the problem of children being dragged into criminal activities
by providing a safe haven in the Boston's communities, ensuring that they have the safe space to express themselves, and develop connections with others.


RaulPF C.
20 December 2017 8:52

Thanks for sharing your project! We look forward to supporting your efforts! Do you have an idea of what you want to do next? You can go to to start completing the steps to be able to access some funding to support your idea!

Fish S.
31 December 2017 12:19

Hey team, so glad you posted this project. Could you add a link to (or some details from) the pitch you shared with me? Your solution to violence is powerful and we can't wait to support it. What are your next steps now that you've won your first grant?

Youth V.
11 January 2018 9:29

Here is the Link to the pitch presentation,

Fish S.
12 January 2018 9:22

Thanks for posting this! What are your next steps and how can we help?

Youth V.
16 January 2018 11:08


Youth V.
16 January 2018 11:09

Our next steps for our project is to implement the plan. We are looking to advertise and spread the word about our program and get signups for the league. We plan on getting the jerseys rather soon and advertise throughout middle schools in Boston. We need to find an affordable facility where we could hold the league at for a decent amount of time.

Fish S.
16 January 2018 14:21

Hi team -- those sound like great next steps. Let us know if you'd like help or feedback on some advertising strategies. We hope that you will also apply for a $250 mini-grant through our Challenge -- that could potentially help with some advertising costs!

RaulPF C.
9 March 2018 10:59

Hi Team Youth Vanguard!

Thanks again 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
high youth crime rates
we will address
the problem of children being dragged into criminal activities
providing a safe haven in the Boston's communities, ensuring that they have the safe space to express themselves, and develop connections with others."

I think your insight is really strong. I love how you are using a very practical and fun approach to engage young people in positive activities that will keep them away from getting involved in other activities.

I would love to hear more about your plans and we are looking forward to supporting your work.



Adrian B.
28 March 2018 18:41

Hi Team Youth Vanguard,

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 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!


Adrian B.
5 April 2018 13:02

Hi Team Youth Vanguard,

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! :)