Campus Compact announces Peace First Prize

In the wake last week’s tragic events in Connecticut, we feel that this is an appropriate time to announce a new initiative that will help highlight positive work being done by America’s youth. Campus Compact is excited to announce a new partnership with Peace First (formerly Peace Games) for the inaugural Peace First Prize.

The Peace First Prize will showcase young people who have confronted injustice, crossed lines of difference, and had the courage and compassion to create lasting change. It is our chance to celebrate the powerful contributions of peacemakers. The Prize will recognize young people between the ages of 8-22 for their compassion, courage and ability to create collaborative change. Nominations can be made online and the application deadline is April 12, 2013.

Five prize winners will each receive a Peace First Fellowship: $50,000 over two years to further their education and peacemaking work. They will also receive training, mentoring and professional development. The prize has secured many celebrity ambassadors, including cast members of Modern Family and Parks and Recreation, to promote the award through PSAs. Campus Compact Executive Director Maureen Curley and Board Chair, Chancellor Jim Dworkin of Purdue University North Central, will serve on the Prize Screening Committee.

Campus Compact joins organizations such as City Year, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Clubs, and 4-H in partnering with Peace First on this initiative.

To find more about the Peace First Prize, visit the website at: http://www.peacefirst.org/prize/.