Peace First Challenge

Summary of Opportunity: 

We wanted to share the Peace First Challenge – an exciting opportunity for your organizations to access seed funding, mentors, and a chance at a larger grant. Whether you’re  supporting refugees, fighting for civil liberties, or tutoring NHPS students, whether you’re a longstanding organization or just being created, the Challenge is for you.  Sign up by February 28th

Peace First is a nonprofit that helps young people (13-24) start and sustain social justice projects, and this year their nationwide Peace First Challenge will invest $1 million in young people’s ideas for social change.

If you go to PeaceFirst.Org, create a project, and share your organization’s theory of change and your plans for the spring, Peace First can offer you a grant of up to $250, provide expert feedback on your plans and questions, and connect you to mentors and project-planning tools. You can also connect with young people working on similar projects around the world in their digital community! 

At the end of the Challenge, Peace First chooses a select group of teams and flies them out to its national Accelerator Conferences, where they receive professional coaching and a larger grant to move their project forward. An EdNet group attended an Accelerator Conference last year and found it to be an incredible experience (and won a $2,000 grant). 

You’ll need to sign up for the Challenge and submit your theory of change by February 28th, and you can get started right here.

If you have any questions, you can reach out to Fish Stark ‘17, who works at Peace First and is happy to coach any Dwight Hall teams that want to enter the Challenge. You can reach him at

Opportunity Type: 
Volunteer Opportunities