|Peace First Prize Semi-Finalists|
SEMI-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE PEACE FIRST PRIZE
Boston, MA. – Peace First, a national nonprofit dedicated to teaching critical peacemaking skills to youth, announced today the list of semi-finalists for the third annual Peace First Prize. The Peace First Prize is a national award recognizing youth peacemakers who are leaders of change focused on creating peaceful schools and communities.
For 20 years, Peace First (www.peacefirst.org) has taught young people across the country the fundamental skills of peacemaking and civic engagement. At a time when violence among youth permeates the news, the Peace First Prize celebrates young people’s achievements and shares their impressive work with the nation. The Peace First Prize will reward five inspiring young people as 2015 Peace First Fellows who through their compassion, courage, and collaboration have been the driving force behind positive changes in their communities.
“I believe it’s absolutely necessary to unleash the full potential of my generation to meet the local and global challenges we’ll face in our lifetime,” said Lulu, age 16, in her application to the Peace First Prize.
85 peacemakers have been chosen as semi-finalists for the Peace First Prize. These semi-finalists are comprised of a diverse group of young people from 32 different states and their projects widely vary, from collecting and refurbishing used electronics for homeless LGBTQ youth, to starting a peer-to-peer mentoring program aimed at violence prevention, to creating a superhero that brings hope and help to everyone. A number of semi-finalists have developed projects that reach a national audience, while others have made significant impact closer to home. Of these 85 semi-finalists, five young people, ages 8-22, will be chosen this fall to receive a two year, $25,000 Fellowship to invest in their leadership as national peace leaders. A distinguished group of youth development and education leaders comprising the Prize Screening Committee will propose a slate of winners. Peace First’s Board will confirm the winners and publicly announce them in October 2015.
The Peace First Prize semi-finalists are listed on our website: www.peacefirst.org/prize.
Peace First, www.peacefirst.org, is a nonprofit (501(c)(3)) public benefit corporation that exists to create the next generation of peacemakers by teaching, modeling and valuing youth peacemaking.
PEACE FIRST PRIZE PARTNERS
Peace First Prize partners include: lead investor, The Pershing Square Foundation; media partners USA Network and CNN; Presenting Nominators: American Association of School Administrators, America’s Promise Alliance, American Federation of Teachers, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girl Clubs of America, The Bully Project, Campus Compact, City Year, Communities in Schools, generationOn, Girl Scouts, Mentor, Teach for America, Young Women’s Christian Association and the 4-H Council; legal partner: Goodwin Procter; general partners Drew A. Katz Foundation, the Reebok Foundation, Babson Capital, and NTT Data; and celebrity ambassadors: National Spokesperson America Ferrera, Board member Rashida Jones, Monique Coleman, Rachel Crow, Vera Farmiga, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Kat Graham, Ian Harding, Avan Jogia, Debra Messing, Daniella Monet, Rosie Perez, Amy Poehler, Mark Ruffalo, Andy Samberg, Peter Sarsgaard, Cody Simpson, Dylan Sprayberry, and Sofia Vergara.
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May 19, 2015