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Selection Process

We want to learn about as many youth peacemakers as we can.

The application and nomination deadline for the third annual Peace First Prize has closed.

To do that, we’ve created two ways to hear these stories. As a young person, you can apply for the Peace First Prize directly using the online Application.  You should know that we encourage video submissions with your application!  As an adult or peer, you can also nominate someone using the Nomination Form.  One thing to keep in mind…and this is important: youth nominated by someone else, must still fill out an application in order to be considered for the Peace First Prize. Nominees will recieve an application automatically once they are nominated.  

The application is simple. It asks applicants for some background information and what they’ve done to be peacemakers. Applicants have until Monday, April 13th to complete their applications.

After all applications are reviewed, select applicants will be invited to submit semi-finalist applications. Peace First staff will review these applications to confirm semi-finalists. From our confirmed semi-finalists, Peace First will deeply review semi-finalist applications and collect additional information from candidates in order to select a group of finalists.

Next, a distinguished group of youth development and education leaders from our Prize Screening Committee will propose a slate of winners. Then our Fellowship Interview Committee, comprised of highly respected civic, business, and community leaders, will interview these proposed winners to ensure that a group of strong, compelling young people have been selected for this honor. Peace First’s Board will confirm the Winners and we’ll announce them publicly in October 2015.

A closer look at the selection process  

The selection process for the Peace First Prize is intended to create a transparent and equitable way to review all applications. All individuals reviewing applications are required to disclose any conflicts of interest and recuse themselves as necessary.

Young people can apply for the Peace First Prize or be nominated by someone else (an adult or a peer). Regardless, each young person MUST fill out an application.

Nominations are accepted through Monday, April 6, 2015 at 5pm EST. All young people who are nominated by the deadline or begin an application will be given until Monday, April 13, 2015 to complete the application. 

Peace First staff will review all applications. Each application will be read by at least two different reviewers.

After all applications are reviewed, semi-finalists will be selected. They will be invited to submit Semi-finalist applications, which contain more detailed questions about their peacemaking work.

To confirm semi-finalists, semi-finalist applications will be reviewed and scored by at least two trained reviewers (working separately) using a rubric that aligns with our selection criteria.

Peace First staff will conduct individual phone interviews on candidates up for finalist consideration.

Peace First staff will select finalists.

Peace First’s Prize Screening Committee will review and rate the finalists and propose a slate of winners (and alternates) to Peace First.

Proposed winners will be approved by Peace First staff. Each proposed winner will then be interviewed by Peace First’s Fellowship Interview Committee. This committee will affirm the winners to the Peace First Board of Directors.

Peace First’s Board of Directors will approve the final winners.

Winners will be announced in October 2015.

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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.