Peace First Prize

The Peace First Prize is more than just a competition to find outstanding young people; it is about building a broad-based engagement platform to inspire, celebrate, and connect young people who are making a real difference in creating more peaceful and just communities.

At a time when young people are overwhelmingly seen as problems, we hope to spark a national conversation about the power young people have to be positive change-makers. The Prize will introduce youth peacemaking as a powerful concept to Americans across the country, engaging them as nominees, nominators, educators and parents.

The Peace First Prize will celebrate small, courageous and transformative acts of peacemaking by young people and inspire others to follow in their footsteps. We envision offering the Prize annually to youth aged 8-22 living in the United States. Peace First will invest in the long-term ability of winners to become national peace leaders. Winners will be awarded a $50,000 Peace First Fellowship over two years. The fellowship includes a customized curriculum, and individual coaching, networking, and mentoring from prominent business and community leaders.

How are Winners Selected?

Leveraging key partners, the Prize will issue a call to unearth thousands of nominations through: a national media campaign, national nonprofits, Ambassadors, and tool-kits. First round applications will be evaluated by Peace First staff based on the nominee’s peacemaking work in meeting stated criteria that include compassion, courage and ability to promote collaborative change. The Prize Screening Committee will narrow the pool of second-round applicants to help identify the finalists. A small group of distinguished and high-profile leaders will then interview the finalists and endorse a group of 5-10 winners to the Peace First Board of Directors for approval.

Who are our Partners?

A number of committed individuals and groups have signed on to amplify the Peace First Prize and activate young people.


Leading our group of Ambassadors for the Peace First Prize is our national spokesperson: America Ferrera (Ugly Betty) America is joined by a wonderful group of Ambassadors that include:

Rashida Jones, Peace First Board Member (Parks and Recreation), Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, Source Code), Jesse Ferguson (Modern Family), Ian Harding (Pretty Little Liars), Debra Messing (Smash, Will and Grace), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), Rosie Perez (Fearless), Mark Ruffalo (Avengers, The Kids are All Right), Andy Samberg (Saturday Night Live), Peter Sarsgaard (Green Lantern), Sofia Vassilieva (Eloise, My Sister’s Keeper), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family)

Presenting Nominators: We have partnered with 13 national organizations, representing over 45 million young people:

America’s Promise Alliance
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Campus Compact
City Year
Communities in Schools
Girl Scouts

Teach for America
American Association of School Administrators
American Federation of Teachers.

Join Us!

Click here to get involved and partner with us on this powerful initiative, we can use you on our team. 


Click here to download a one-page description of the Prize

Click here to view a message from Peace First Ambassador, America Ferrera