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Benefits of Applying and Nominating for the Peace First Prize

The Peace First Prize is a vehicle for public recognition and celebration, not just for winners, but for all young people who are harnessing their courage, compassion, and collaborative energy to create positive, lasting change. By nominating someone for the Peace First Prize, or by applying directly, you are making a powerful statement about the critical role that young people play in building a safer, more just and peaceful world.

Please join our movement to build a society that values and celebrates youth peacemaking. Here are just a few of the benefits that come with applying or nominating:

All eligible Applicants receive:

An invitation to join the Community of Peacemakers, a growing, online network of young people around the country who are creating positive social change.

A chance for their story to be featured on the Peace First Prize website and/or social media.

Entry into a drawing for a chance to donate $100 to the peacemaking organization of their choice (must apply by early application deadline, February 6, 2014. See full rules here).

All Semifinalists receive:

Their name and project name featured on the Peace First Prize website.

An invitation to join the Community of Peacemakers, a growing, online network of young people around the country who are creating positive social change.

A chance for their story to be featured on the Peace First Prize website and/or social media.

All Finalists receive:

Their name, photo, video and project bio featured on the Peace First Prize website.

A spotlight on Peace First’s tumblr page.

Entry into Peace First’s speakers network, with a chance to be invited to future speaking engagements.*

A certificate signed by Peace First President and Co-Founder, Eric Dawson.

An invitation to join the Community of Peacemakers, a growing, online network of young people around the country who are creating positive social change.

All Winners receive:

A $25,000 award, which can be put towards the winner’s education and professional development or supporting their ongoing peacemaking work.

Entry into Peace First’s two-year Fellowship program (for more information, click here).

All Nominators receive:

Entry into a drawing for a chance to donate $100 to the peacemaking organization of their choice (must nominate by early application deadline, February 6, 2014. See full rules here).

An opportunity to write a statement of recognition and appreciation to their nominee, which Peace First will email directly to the young person nominated.

 

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2015 peace first prize winners

Brennan

brennan projectBrennan Lewis, 18, Apex, NC

Growing up a member of the LGBTQ community in North Carolina, Brennan saw firsthand the difficulties and feelings of isolation that LGBTQ youth can endure in a heteronormative environment. And while Brennan was very fortunate to have a loving support system in their family and friends, they saw others who weren’t as lucky. So with a strong sense of compassion, Brennan and a friend took action and courageously created QueerNC.

Grace

grace projectGrace Callwood, 10, Abingdon, MD

Grace is a cancer survivor who learned, through giving away clothing that didn’t fit her post-treatment, that anyone and everyone can help brighten the day of their neighbor. The girls who received Grace’s donation had just moved into a homeless housing complex and were thrilled to be getting new clothes for school. After hearing what a difference her donation made in their day, Grace wanted to help other children who were going through tough times.

Jasmine

jasmine projectJasmine Babers, 19, Rock Island, IL

After watching her best friend and sister endure bullying and witnessing the devastating effects that it can have on them, Jasmine decided it was time someone created an outlet to promote compassion and tolerance among young women.

Xiuhtezcatl

xiuhtezcatl project 2Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, 15, Boulder, CO

Growing up, Xiuhtezcatl’s father emphasized his obligation to taking care of the land – a privilege and responsibility that, in a world ravaged by climate change, he does not take lightly. He has been on the front lines of the fight for the environment since he was four, attending and leading rallies and summits, always willing to confront adult leaders for the current climate crisis we see today.

Yasmine

yasminearringtonactionphototwoYasmine Arrington, 22, Washington D.C.

2.7 million young people in the US have an incarcerated parent, and statistics show that they are more likely to drop out of high school and go to jail themselves because of it. Yasmine is one of those 2.7 million; she has experienced firsthand the financial and emotional burdens, and the marginalization that a family goes through as a result. And through building a meaningful relationship with her incarcerated parent, by forgiving him, she was motivated to do something to support her peers and help them find their own peace of mind and end this cycle of incarceration.

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