Youth Development

Peace First

  • Boston, MA
  • www.peacefirst.org

Mission Statement

Peace First is a national nonprofit organization that exists to create the next generation of peacemakers. We view young people as natural problem solvers and creative thinkers, and invest in their ability to see themselves as leaders.

Main Programs

  1. Peace First Digital Activity Center
  2. Peace First Prize
  3. Peace First Challenge
Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

With the launch of our Digital Activity Center and the Peace First Prize, Peace First is serving youth, teachers, parents and youth provider across the country.

ruling year

1996

Principal Officer since 1996

Self-reported

Mr. Eric Dawson

Keywords

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peacemaking, conflict resolution, school climate, service-learning, youth violence prevention, children

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Also Known As

Peace First

EIN

04-3323467

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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In 2015 we completed our second annual Peace First Prize, a national search for young people ages 8-22 who are doing peacemaking work in their communities. We identified 111 semi-finalists, 50 finalists and selected 5 winners, who each receive a $25,000 two-year Fellowship. We brought our first class of winners together twice for in-person team-building, professional development and movement building as part of their Fellowship program.We have made our peacemaking curriculum available online, cost-free and this year we have educators that are using it in all 50 states and 172 countries. Our Goals for the upcoming year include:Running a successful year of our annual Peace First Prize, receiving stories of youth peacemaking from across the country.Promoting our curriculum website so that more teachers and youth-leaders know about this resourceBringing together our first and second class of Fellows as part of the annual Fellowship program.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Peace First Digital Activity Center

Peace First's curriculum for Pre-K through 8th grade teaches young people the essential skills of peacemaking. Lessons encompass two areas of learning: the social-emotional skills of cooperation, communication, conflict resolution, and empathy through cooperative games and activities; and core skills for civic engagement by guiding young people in designing a service learning project to address a pressing community need. Students become conscious of how they communicate with peers and adults, and learn to interact in a way that is culturally respectful and empathic. To promote more widespread access to our curriculum and tools, Peace First launched the Digital Activity Center, an online platform that provides our signature materials in a cost-free and easy-to-download digital format. Educators, parents, counselors and administrators worldwide (registered users from all 50 states and 150 countries) can now access our resources to spread peace education in schools, communities and homes.

Category

Youth Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$250,000.00

Program 2

Peace First Prize

To scale the idea of youth peacemaking, Peace First launched an annual campaign to inspire young people to lead community change. The Peace First Prize, open to youth ages 8-22 in the United States, is a search for young people who, through their compassion, courage, and collaboration, have been the driving force behind positive changes in their schools or communities. In two years, Peace First has received almost 2,000 applications and nominations from young people in every state, naming 15 of those young people as the winners who receive a $25,000 Fellowship over two years. Peace First is investing in the long-term capability of those winners to be national peace leaders with in-person convenings, individualized coaching, networking, and mentoring. The Peace First Prize is also designed to share the incredible stories of our applicants, shift the national dialog about youth, and bring together young peacemakers.

Category

Youth Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

College Aged (18-26 years)

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$1,000,000.00

Program 3

Peace First Challenge

The Peace First Challenge will call young people to imagine what the world could be and then put tools and resources and networks in their hands to make it happen. Through a powerful media campaign, celebrities and athletes, and grassroots partners we will invite millions of young people to join us on a journey to make themselves and their communities safer, stronger, better. Through a simple digital platform -- integrated into the places where young people are already creating and sharing content -- we will provide critical how-to resources and connections to move young people from ideas and actions. Through a $1,000,000 venture fund we will invest in young people's ideas to help them grow and scale creating exponential impact.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Peace First wants to change our culture from one that promotes, teaches and models violence and intolerance to one that promotes, teaches, and models peacemaking.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Not available.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

With the launch of our Digital Activity Center and the Peace First Prize, Peace First is serving youth, teachers, parents and youth provider across the country.

Funding Needs

Sponsors for our Fellowship program ($25,000/year for 3 years)General support for our Peace First Prize and Digital Activity Center (any dollar amount)Help raising awareness about the Peace First Prize and Digital Activity Center (media placements, social media shares, etc)Advisory Board members (regional boards that meet quarterly to discuss strategic thinking and fundraising can be in Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, or Washington, DC)

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PEACE FIRST INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Peace First

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Eric Dawson

BIO

Mr. Dawson has been with Peace First since its inception as a student-run program at Harvard University. Mr. Dawson has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the National Point of Light Award, the Youth Service America's Fund for Social Entrepreneurs, the Echoing Green Fellowship for Public Service, the Ashoka Fellowship for leading social entrepreneurs, and Pop!Tech's Social Innovation Fellowship. He received his A.B. from Harvard University, his Ed.M. from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and his M. Div. from Harvard Divinity School. Mr. Dawson is a resident of Dorchester, MA.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Jonathan Mandle

Corrum Capital Management

Term: July 2015 -

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