Peace First teaches children how to act peacefully, inspires and enables teachers to teach peacemaking skills, and encourages all of us to see and celebrate the role that young peacemakers can have in changing their own lives, their schools, communities, and the world at large.
Founded in 1992 in response to the youth violence epidemic, Peace First is able to create lasting change in schools because we integrate everything we do into the core academic mission of schools by providing educators with the critical skills and knowledge to integrate social-emotional learning into the school’s curriculum and culture—beginning with the classroom and extending into the whole school.
Peace First operates in schools and after-school programs in Boston, Los Angeles, and New York. We have launched the Teach Peace First Digital Activity Center to get our proven tools and resources into the hands of eager schools, programs and families. Before you begin browsing our Digital Activity Center, familiarize yourself with our Theory of Peacemaking and Theory of Change.
While the curriculum delivered in Peace First partner schools by AmeriCorps members and school personnel for the past 20 years has proven to be a valuable resource for educators, families, schools and most importantly, the young people who participate in the program, until now it has only been available to schools in printed form. Welcome to the Peace First Digital Activity Center where the curriculum, activities, games and how-tos that you will need to teach peacemaking are available and where a network of people committed to teaching Peace First are gathering.
Children’s experiences of violence – in all of its forms – affect their sense of safety and efficacy. These feelings of fear and powerlessness lead to destructive beliefs and behaviors, not only increasing the likelihood young people will act violently in the future, but that they will struggle in school, employment and in relationships. Thus the vicious pattern of violence drives a catastrophic cycle of pain, hurt, and disengagement.
To interrupt this cycle, Peace First looks to influence the critical factors in the system.