CRE Organizational Profile
Type of Organization: Non-governmental - Non-Profit
Home Country: United States
Peace First is a national nonprofit organization that exists to create the next generation of peacemakers. We view children as natural problem solvers and creative thinkers, and invest in their ability to see themselves as leaders. Peacemaking starts with learning the essential social and emotional skills of empathy, personal awareness, relationship building, and promoting inclusion - and goes beyond that to engage young people in seeing themselves as effective communicators and leaders.
We believe peacemaking has three essential elements: courage, compassion and the ability to create collaborative change. To promote youth peacemaking, we have leveraged our assets and content to launch two key components of our model:
The Peace First Prize
The Peace First Prize is designed to showcase young people who have confronted injustice, crossed lines of difference, and had the courage and compassion to create lasting change. The goal is to share the daring work of our applicants far and wide, invest in their leadership, and inspire others to make peacemaking a part of their daily lives. Most importantly, we want to tell the stories of our applicants — incredible stories of young people leading powerful change.
The Digital Activity Center
The Digital Activity Center houses our signature peacemaking curriculum. The Peace First curriculum is tailored to meet the developmental needs of young people and to help them develop and practice positive behaviors. Our curriculum addresses themes such as friendship, fairness, cooperation, conflict resolution, and consequences of actions, all through the use of experiential activities and cooperative games.
The new Digital Activity Center features a full curriculum for pre-kindergarten through middle school, with over 100 theme-based activities and cooperative games, as well as toolkits, tipsheets, and other resources to support your work with young people in and out of the classroom. Registration on the site is required, but the resources are free.
The Peace First Curriculum, now available online, includes a scope and sequenced set of 18, one-hour lessons per grade-level (pre-k through 8) which build on the wisdom of teachers, students and families to help students acquire the skills of peacemaking: communication, conflict resolution, cooperation, empathy and civic engagement. Check out the Curriculum Overview for more information.
Name: Peace First
Type: Non-governmental - Non-Profit
25 Kingston Street
Boston, MA, 02111
Voice Phone: 1-617-261-3833
Contact person: Eric Dawson
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