A Peacemaking Project by Madison B. and Tiffani A.

What is the injustice we are solving?

"WE ARE HERE" is an organization committed to enriching the lives of minority adolescents and youth through education and advocation. "WE ARE HERE" focuses on ending the stigma attached to mental health issues, sexuality, and identity through social media campaigns and community outreach programs.


Adrian B.
5 April 2018 14:17

Hi Madison,

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 some of our larger opportunities, the opportunity for funding and support is always there.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and if we can help in any way!


Adrian B.
29 March 2018 20:19

Hi Madison,

Just checking in about your project and the next steps. I wanted to make sure you are aware of the upcoming Mini-Grant Deadline - there is still time to remain eligible to attend a Peace First Challenge Accelerator if you complete your Compassionate Insight, Project Plan, and Mini-Grant application by March 31st.

We're excited about your work, and would love to be able to support it with a mini-grant of up to $250.

These tools can help you craft your insight, plan, and budget for your mini-grant:

Through your dashboard you can submit your "compassionate insight," record your plan in "Make a plan" and then "Apply for a mini-grant" for the materials you need.

Let me know how I can help!


Tiffani A.
26 January 2018 13:18

Let's try to communicate on the project page, just so others can see our conversation and give helpful feedback, as well! How can I be of help at your current state in your project?  

Madison B.
23 January 2018 14:02

Hi Ms. A, Thank you so much for reaching out to me. Is there an email that would be best for me to reach you with?  

Fish S.
22 January 2018 13:14

Definitely reply to Tiffani as I think she can be helpful -- but I have a few ideas. I think starting with 1-2 projects for now and focusing in on those is a good strategy (that way you don't try to start up too many things at once -- you always can later!) I think if you're trying to fight stigma, in-person interaction is the way to go -- so I'd think about developing some curriculum that addresses the issues you want to tackle, but is also responsible to student needs, and finding a place to pilot it this spring!  

Madison B.
19 January 2018 16:15

So far its really bare bones. I figured I could kind of do a two pronged approach.
The first being a social media presence spreading the word to/educating people about topics that might be of interest to them. Later on I thought It would also be nice to do a sort-of mentor series where people who are making a difference and are not traditionally recognized for their contribution can be interviewed.
I also wanted to have a more community oriented approach. Maybe with mentors in the area that can really relate to the kids. I know that I want to have specific topics be addressed in the community meetings as they are addressed on the broader scale (social media) but I also want to give students the freedom to address issues that are personally affecting them (b/c it will most likely be different from group to group). So I think I would like to create a curriculum that addresses certain issues while still giving space for students to have a voice. Any workshops would be a cool add-on.

I'm kinda all over the place right now so any guidance is much appreciated. :)  

Tiffani A.
12 January 2018 11:10

Hi Madison! Your project sounds amazing. I'm excited to work with you as your mentor and to serve as a support system as you embark on expanding your project. Please let me know all that I can do to assist you!  

Fish S.
12 January 2018 9:45

Can you give me a sense of what the program is so far? Do you have a curriculum/workshop/etc? Totally fine if you don't -- we can help you develop that! -- but if you do, that will help me think about how you can spread the word and sign on allies.  

Madison B.
10 January 2018 20:03

Hi! Thanks so much for commenting (and for the link). I'd say were just having trouble finding a realistic way to implement the program into communities were we think it may be most needed. Any guidance on how to spread the word to get more people involved would be greatly appreciated.

Madison B.
10 January 2018 20:00

Hi, thanks reaching out! I'm sorry for the late response I've been a bit under the weather lately. We're a super small organization right now (it's just my sister and I) and we're just trying to figure out how to reach out to our target audience. I think the area that we need the most help in is finding a way to spread awareness about the organization and connecting to people who may want to start a local chapter.  

Fish S.
10 January 2018 17:41

Madison, this is awesome. Love your passion to start real conversations and end the culture of stigma around these important issues.

Are you still working on designing what this community outreach program will look like? If so, we can help with ideas and suggestions. You might want to think about using our design tools: peacefirst.org/resources.

How else can we help?  

RaulPF C.
2 January 2018 11:22

Thanks for sharing these details about your project, Madison! Can you tell us a bit more about who you're working with? Where do you need help the most? We would love to help!