Support young leaders to create more laughter, peace and compassion.
Violent conflict prevents growth and development. However, promoting peace in areas at risk for or experiencing violent conflict is both effective and economically viable: For every $1 invested in peace building, there is a potential $16 reduction in the cost of armed conflict.
"When we consider the costs of war -- to the global economy but most of all to humanity's very soul -- peacebuilding is a bargain, and a prerequisite for development and a better future for all," UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
As a grassroots, global organization, Play for Peace has been driving personal and community power-building and positive change in high-violence environments for over 25 years, supporting generations of active peace builders at the local level.
Play for Peace is integrated into schools, community centers, refugee camps and/or local organizations, where local youth leaders are trained to conduct "Practice Peace" cooperative play sessions for younger children and community building projects that benefit entire neighborhoods.
Any time, day or night, Play for Peace is happening somewhere in the world. In 60+ communities around the globe—each with its own diverse characteristics, talents, and resources—our work is transforming lives, all while bringing richness and creativity to our diverse global learning community.
Click on each of the countries to learn about its unique challenges and our ongoing efforts to create peace.
Written by Joanne,
I knew I was where I wanted to be. There wasn’t a minute during the first gathering of Play for Peace Roundtable in Thornton, Colorado, October 13-15, 2023, when I wanted to someplace else.
Embrace the Pursuit of Peace with Play for Peace's 'Practice Peace Event.' Discover ten daily community-building activities to strengthen connections, foster empathy, and promote unity. Join us on this transformative journey towards a more harmonious and inclusive world, one small step at a time
Last Tuesday, on the 10th of October, a group of 11 young people from Poland and Ukraine, aged 15-16, came together to embark on an exciting journey as a part of the club, Play For Peace Warsaw. The day marked their first meeting, and it was filled with fun icebreaker games, introductions, and a deep dive into the world of Play For Peace.