Official Rules and Story Release

The Peace First Prize (the “Peace First Prize”) begins on January 5, 2015 (the “Peace First Prize Start Date”) and the deadline to nominate an individual or submit an application for the Peace First Prize is March 30, 2015 (the “Peace First Prize End Date”) (such period referred to herein as the “Peace First Prize Period”). The Peace First Prize is sponsored by Peace First, Inc. (“Peace First”) located at 25 Kingston Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02111.


Participants may enter the Peace First Prize by completing the application made available by Peace First. Participants may submit a hard copy of the application by following the instructions on the application. Alternatively, participants may submit their application, including any video content, electronically by following the instructions at (the “Website”). Peace First may at its sole discretion extend the deadline(s) to nominate an individual and/or submit an application for the Peace First Prize by providing notice through its Website or such other means as Peace First may select.

Participation in the Peace First Prize is voluntary and does not require participants to purchase anything from Peace First. No illegible, incomplete, forged or altered entries will be accepted. All entries become the property of Peace First and will not be returned. All entries are subject to Peace First’s privacy policy and terms of use, each available on the Website. One entry per participant.


Certain participants will be selected for the “Peace First Fellowship” (each such individual, a “Peace First Fellow”), which reflects Peace First’s commitment to investing in the leadership of youth peacemakers. Peace First will disburse $25,000 in multiple disbursements over a two year period as follows:

(a) directly to the Peace First Fellow to contribute to the Peace First Fellow’s education and professional development and to support the Peace First Fellow’s ongoing peacemaking work in an amount not to exceed 50% of the total disbursement amount;

(b) in the form of a contribution to a non-profit entity with which the Peace First Fellow is affiliated; or

(c) such other form as Peace First may determine in its sole discretion.

Peace First Fellows will be expected to serve for a term of two years, and the provision of the monetary award and any disbursement may be subject to successful performance of the Peace First Fellowship duties and obligations and, if the contribution is being made to a non-profit entity, the good standing and continuing mission of such entity. Designed as an intensive two-year training program, the Peace First Fellowship may include: a structured curriculum, individual coaching, connection with other Peace First Fellows, and mentoring from business and community leaders. Peace First Fellows will be brought together to strengthen peer learning and professional development and will serve as national spokespersons for peace.

Additional terms and conditions may apply to the Peace First Fellow’s use of the prize, including that the scholarship be applied only toward tuition and fees in connection with at least a two year degree at a college or university. Any and all taxes on any amount of the $25,000, including income and/or sales taxes, are the sole responsibility of the Peace First Fellows. In addition, there could be non-tax implications for Peace First Fellows and their families. We encourage potential recipients of any prize to consult their professional tax and other advisors or attorney. Peace First Fellows will be issued a U.S. Internal Revenue Service Form 1099, as may be required by applicable law.


Participant Eligibility. The Peace First Prize is only open to individuals who are legal residents of the United States and are either (a) between the eighteen years of age and twenty-two years of age by January 1, 2015 or (b) if between eight years of age and eighteen years of age by January 1, 2015, a parent or legal guardian applying on behalf of such an individual. Entries are limited to individuals only; commercial enterprises and business entities are not eligible. By participating in the Peace First Prize, each participant accepts the conditions stated in these Official Rules, agrees to be bound by the decisions of Peace First and warrants that he or she is eligible to participate in the Peace First Prize. Employees, independent contractors, officers and directors of Peace First and its affiliates, subsidiaries, media partners and legal advisors, and their immediate family members and persons living in the same household, are not eligible to apply for the Peace First Prize. THE PEACE FIRST PRIZE IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW and is subject to applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.

Submission Eligibility. Any application, including any content therein, submitted in connection with the Peace First Prize (“Application”) will only be eligible if such Application (a) showcases acts of peacemaking taking place and addressing issues in communities in the United States (as determined in Peace First’s sole discretion), (b) is submitted during the Peace First Prize Period, (c) meets the word count and time requirements included within the Application, (d) is in a format supported by the Website, (e) contains only the original content of the participant, (f) does not contain content that is unlawful, hateful or obscene, in Peace First’s sole discretion and (g) does not include any other identifiable individual other than the individual participant unless prior written express consent is obtained from such individual and delivered to Peace First in connection with submission of the Application. Peace First reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify Applications which Peace First determines at any time in its sole judgment to fail to meet any of these criteria.


By submitting an Application or otherwise transmitting stories, comments, pieces, ideas or other information in any form including, but not limited to, text or visual or audio data (collectively referred to as “Submissions”) to Peace First, the applicable participant hereby grants to Peace First a worldwide, non-exclusive, sublicenseable, assignable, royalty-free right and license to use, reproduce, distribute, create derivative works based on, perform and/or display such Submissions (in whole or in part) in any media, for any purpose related to promoting, marketing and otherwise advancing the Peace First Prize, the Peace First Fellowship and/or Peace First’s mission of building a national movement of young peacemakers. Such participant hereby acknowledges that to the extent that the participant includes personally identifiable information in any of his or her Submissions, Peace First may republish such information. Such participant agrees to Peace First’s use of his or her name, address, likeness, stories and/or prize information for promotional purposes in any medium without additional compensation to the extent permitted by law.


Peace First and its designees will judge the Applications through multiple rounds and in a manner to be determined by Peace First and based on the significance of content, originality, creativity and overall presentation, among such other criteria as Peace First may consider. Where lawful, participants or their parents or legal guardians may be required to sign and return a Peace First Fellowship Agreement as a prerequisite to the participant being selected to proceed through any individual round of judging and as final selection as a Peace First Fellow. Selection will be made in Peace First’s sole and absolute discretion.

The Peace First Fellows will be notified by either e-mail, telephone or regular mail, using the information provided when the participant entered the Peace First Prize, within seven months of the Peace First Prize End Date. Such notification will include instructions for proper acceptance of the prizes by the Peace First Fellows. In the event a Peace First Fellow does not accept a prize, is ineligible or does not execute any forms required by Peace First or the prize or prize notification is not deliverable, an alternate Peace First Fellow may be selected. Peace First is not responsible for and will not be liable for late, lost, misdirected or unsuccessful efforts to notify a Peace First Fellow.


Peace First, and its agents, directors, officers, employees, insurers, affiliates, predecessors, successors, representatives and legal advisors (the “Released Entities”), are not responsible for, will not be liable for, and hereby disclaim all liability arising from or relating to: (i) late, lost, incomplete or unintelligible entries; (ii) electronic Internet, computer or other malfunctions or difficulties of any kind; (iii) failed, incomplete or delayed electronic transmissions; (iv) any condition caused by events beyond the control of Peace First; (v) any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising in connection with or as a result of any prize, or any portion thereof that may have been awarded; or (vi) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Peace First Prize. By participating in the Peace First Prize, participants and Peace First Fellows agree to release, discharge and hold harmless the Released Entities, and all others associated with the development and execution of the Peace First Prize, from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind arising out of or relating to the Peace First Prize, participation in the Peace First Prize, any prize, or any portion thereof that may have been awarded, and/or acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize, or any portion thereof that may have been awarded, including but not limited to statutory and common law claims for misappropriation or participant’s right of publicity.

Peace First reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to suspend, modify or cancel the Peace First Prize should any causes beyond Peace First’s control affect the administration, security, fairness or proper conduct of the Peace First Prize. In the event that proper administration of the Peace First Prize is prevented by such causes as contemplated above, Peace First will pick the Peace First Fellows from all eligible, non-suspect entries received prior to such action.

The Peace First Prize will be governed by Massachusetts law. By participating in the Peace First Prize, participants agree that Massachusetts courts will have jurisdiction over any dispute or litigation arising from or relating to the Peace First Prize and that venue will be only in Boston, Massachusetts.


The first name, last initial, city and state of the Peace First Fellows and a copy of these Official Rules will be available on-line at the Website by November 30, 2015, and for 90 days thereafter. Such information will also be made available through social media outlets and press releases, and such Peace First Fellows may be given speaking opportunities at Peace First’s sole discretion.


Nominations and applications must be received by Friday, February 6, 2015 at 11:59PM EST to be eligible for the drawing.

Applicants and nominees (for a nomination to be eligible) must be citizens or legal residents of the United States between the ages of 8 and 22 years old (as of January 1, 2015) to be eligible for the Peace First Prize and the drawing. Applicant and nominee (for a nomination to be eligible) projects must have taken place in the United States to be eligible for the Peace First Prize and the drawing.

Peace First staff and board members and their respective family members are not eligible to apply for the Peace First Prize or make or receive any nomination.

All eligible nominations and applications received before February 6th will be automatically entered into the drawing. No payment is necessary to participate or win.

Individuals may only submit one (1) eligible application and receive one (1) entry. Individuals may nominate up to fifty (50) other people and will receive one (1) entry for each person such individual nominates.

Each entry has an equal chance of winning. There will be two winners. One winner will be selected from the nominator entries, and one winner will be selected from the applicant entries

To select each winner, an employee of Peace First will draw a winning [number] from a [container].

Winners will be selected by April 15th, 2015 and will be notified no later than June 30, 2015.

Each winner will be notified by both a phone call to the number provided on the winner’s application or nomination form and an email to the address provided on the winner’s application or nomination form. Instructions on how to accept the prize will be provided at the time of notification. The names of the winners will also be posted on Peace First’s website.

Each winner will have 2 weeks to accept their prize. If Peace First does not receive a response from a winner, another individual will be selected in their place as a winner.

Each winner will select a charitable organization registered as a 501(c)(3) in the United States which will receive a $100 donation from Peace First.

Funds will be sent via check directly to the winner’s selected nonprofit. Checks cannot be made to individual.

Winning the raffle will have no impact on whether or not applicant receives the Peace First Prize Award.


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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.