Peace First (formerly Peace Games), which began as a response to the sky-rocketing youth homicide rates in the early 1990s, works in partnership with schools to build safe, effective school climates where children learn how to be engaged and active citizens. The heart of this program is a Pre-K-8 service-learning curriculum integrated weekly into the academic frameworks of the school, taught by young adult volunteers in partnership with the classroom teacher. This work is supported by intense coaching with principals and lead teachers to deepen their efficacies at supporting academically and emotionally successful young people.
Peace First exists to teach students to become problem-solvers with the ability, and the inclination, to create social change. We work with schools to empower students with the skills, relationships, and opportunities to be engaged, positive forces in their communities and throughout their lives. We show them they have the power, creativity, and responsibility to create peace.
Programs: Peace First transforms a school climate by teaching skills of conflict resolution, critical thinking, cooperation, and communicatino. This approach translates into heightened cooperation among students, student-driven school beautification and community service projects, reduction in absenteeism, higher test scores and a sense of well-being for students and staff alike.