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The Importance of Play in How I Manage Stress

"For me, the games we play have allowed me to connect deeply with myself, and tap into my relationships with my colleagues, my family, and everyone around me."

"Pour moi, les jeux auxquels nous jouons m'ont permis de me connecter profondément avec moi-même et de puiser dans mes relations avec mes collègues, ma famille et tout le monde autour de moi."

Team Spotlight! Shruthi Mohandas, Content Crew

Meet Shruthi Mohandas of Minneapolis, Project Manager Consultant for the Content Crew. She assign activities to the United Nations Volunteers and supports them if they face any roadblocks. She keep track of the progress of the project and also facilitates weekly meetings with Play for Peace, UNV and Kikori Volunteers.

5 Ways To Teach Your Kids Generosity

Every parent wants their children to grow up to be happy and prosperous adults. We also want our kids to be thankful for what they’ve been given, and to know how to feel and express gratitude. In this regard, it is important to impart a giving spirit in kids while they are young so that they’ll grow up to be generous with themselves and selfless to those around them. Here are some ways to teach your kids how to give.

Volunteer Spotlight! Annie Tasker, Content Crew

Meet Annie Tasker of Chicago, Illinois whose time and talents are bringing high-quality activities to facilitators around the world. She's a project manager with Prudential Financial's inclusion & diversity unit and at the very end of the content creation process on this project, giving activities a final review before hitting ‘publish.’ She also pulls together profile information for these volunteer spotlights!

Volunteer Spotlight! Uwayo Noel, Content Crew

Uwayo is a proofreader and content writer with Play for Peace’s Kikori Content Crew. Over the course of his 12-year career, Uwayo has served as a translator, and as a communications and business consultant -- skills he also brings to his volunteer role with the United Nations.

Kikori Spotlight: Joel Alexander, Content Crew Volunteer

Now through June, Play for Peace is partnering with the experiential learning app Kikori to develop a one-stop shop for activity plans. Meet Joel Alexander, one crew volunteer whose time and talents are bringing high-quality activities to facilitators around the world.

Social Emotional Learning in Play for Peace

Play for Peace(R) is a process of creating inclusive experiences using cooperative activities with care and fun. When young people experience Play for Peace consistently it helps them grow. In over 20 years of sharing Play for Peace with young people we have seen young people transform their life, individually and collectively.

Peace Sessions Continue Amongst Violence

After 2 years of continual lockdowns, Play for Peace was finally able to travel back to El Salvador for a club reactivation session. 

Welcome Tham as our new Southeast Asia Regional Coordinator!

We’d love for you all to help us welcome another new coordinator, Tham Thi Le who will be leading our Southeast Asia region!

Welcome Regional Coordinator, Arzoo!

Please help us in giving a warm welcome to our new South Asia Regional Coordinator, Arzoo Shakir!

Helping Youth Caught in Conflict Zones

The importance of helping youths in conflict zones has become more important than ever. The current crisis between Ukraine and Russia has left the children of Ukraine both physically and mentally scarred. 
 

Play for Peace Project Announcement: Kikori Content Crew Takeover!

Now through July 2022, Play for Peace is partnering with the experiential learning app Kikori to adapt and publish 250 activity plans, providing a one-stop mobile resource for group facilitators around the world. 

Make Way for a New Play Space!

"The Play for Peace Senegal team gathers all of the children after school so that they do not wander the streets. They put them in an environment where children are motivated and inspired to do their best."

"Learning teaching techniques enhanced our knowledge but playing games refreshed our souls."

During this pandemic #teachers around the globe have been on the front lines of trying to keep our children physically and emotionally safe.

One Trainer’s Quest to Live a More Sustainable Life

What does it mean to live a more sustainable life? For trainer Neelu Grover it means zero waste and  living a plastic and chemical free life. After reading about toxic chemicals in the products we use and the effects on global warming, she decided to make some major changes. 

The “We” in Digital Spaces

Guest blogger Katrin Huenemoerder, former Play for Peace regional coordinator, reflects on the past year and how it has impacted digital spaces and how we interact in them.

How One Youth Coordinator is Supporting Women in Her Community/ Cómo una coordinadora de jóvenes está apoyando a las mujeres en su comunidad

Last month Play for Peace celebrated International Women’s Day, a day that honors the achievements of women around the world. Within Play for Peace, there are many amazing and admirable women who work tirelessly as peace builders, including Teresa Raguay or Seno Tere, a teacher and youth coordinator for one of our clubs in Guatemala. We sat down with Teresa to learn about how her work helps women in her community.

Appreciating Our Diversity: Reflecting on Interfaith Harmony Week

Last month, Play for Peace celebrated the United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week, joining a global effort to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence, as well as harmony between all people, regardless of faith. Throughout the week, our clubs had the opportunity to demonstrate and experience the richness of our diversity and show compassion for others.

Why You Should Be More Serious About Your Fun

When it comes to work, most of us tend to be highly strategic and thorough in our approach. But when it comes to leisure time, we don't often handle things the same way. In reality, we should place just as much importance on our passions, each of us appreciating our own unique individuality and sources of pleasure.  

The Spirit of Play for Peace Cebu During COVID-19: Disrupted Not Dampened

Located in the Philippines, Play for Peace Cebu was founded in 2013 with five original members—including Mitzi Figueroa. As a Play for Peace facilitator, today she is committed to helping youth in her community and continuing the mission the club was founded on more than seven years ago—in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic.