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Peace First Fellowship

The Peace First Fellowship reflects our commitment to investing in the leadership of youth peacemakers.

The Peace First Fellowship:

The Peace First Prize Fellowship program is a two-year investment in young people ages 8-22 with a track record of making change in their communities. The program supports Prize winners in deepening their connection to peacemaking while developing the knowledge, skills, and relationships needed to take their leadership to the next level. The Fellowship program is one way in which Peace First contributes to building a movement of young peacemakers to help create a more peaceful society.

Peace First Prize Winners will receive:

$25,000 award (paid in equal installments over two years) which can be put towards the winner’s education and professional development or supporting their ongoing peacemaking work

Coaching from a dedicated member of Peace First staff to provide guidance and support for leadership and project challenges

Invitations to Fellowship Gatherings (three per Fellowship cycle), where current Prize Winners come together for in-depth training, community building, and engagement with a broader network of peacemaking champions and field leaders

Access to a network of enthusiastic leaders, organizations, and companies that support the youth peacemaking movement

Fellowship Principles:

The Peace First Fellowship contributes to the movement Peace First is building through direct programming that builds a collection of youth peacemakers

The Peace First Fellowship invests in empowering youth who are already catalysts for change, helping to put their work in context and provide the relationships, skills, and knowledge they need to take their peacemaking work to the next level

The Peace First Fellowship has a unique focus on relationships: among Fellows, between Fellows and Peace First staff, and within the larger Peace First network

Visit the 2013 and 2014 Fellow pages to learn more about our current winners!

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2015 peace first prize winners


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 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 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 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.


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.