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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.

Why Include Interfaith Reflection and Learning In Your Program?

For the past six years, Play for Peace has integrated interfaith reflection and learning into our peace building work. This year we are joining global efforts, February 1-7, as part of  the United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week.

Creating Positive Change is Hard. Here’s How to Make it Easier

At Play for Peace, we use cooperative play to create peaceful change in communities around the world—encouraging compassion, connection, and community across even the deepest divides. But fostering this change isn’t always easy. It takes time, patience, and the belief that change is possible. 

Promoting Appreciation in Youth Affected by Conflict

At the end of 2020, Play for Peace launched a campaign to inspire the sharing of appreciation, gratitude, and compassion. Here we'll share how promoting appreciation is not only important in our own daily lives, but also in the lives of youth affected by conflict.

How Our Club in Israel is Creating Connection, Even During COVID-19

Since 2016, the Youth for Change Club in Israel has hosted cultural exchanges as a way to connect in person with youth from other cultures. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the group had figure out a new way to engage with other youth that would bring them together while staying physically apart.

Race for Humanity Recap: Leveling Up Apart, Creating Impact Together

As October comes to a close, Play for Peace also marks the official end of our Level Up: Race for Humanity fundraising efforts. After seven years of in-person events, we are excited that our first-ever virtual race, which took place last month, raised more than $28.2K and created compassion, connection, and community for all who participated.

The Importance of Community During Level Up: Race for Humanity

Today we have another guest post from Jacob Gries, a freelance writer and avid runner who is joining us for Level Up: Race for Humanity. After completing Community Week, he’s back with another post with his take on finding community in today's world.

Leveling Up During Compassion Week: Reflections From Our Clubs

During the first week of Level Up: Race for Humanity our global community focused on compassion, challenging ourselves to see the suffering of others and respond with kindness and empathy. This includes mentors Obed from Burundi and Francisco from Mexico who worked with their clubs to find a deeper meaning in compassion.

How to Find Connection in a Socially Distanced World

Today we have another guest post from Jacob Gries, a freelance writer and avid runner who is joining us for Level Up: Race for Humanity. After completing Connection Week, he’s back with another post with his take on connection.

A Runner's Take On Leveling Up During Compassion Week

Today we have another guest post from Jacob Gries, a freelance writer and avid runner who is joining us for Level Up: Race for Humanity. After completing Compassion Week, he’s back with another post with his take on compassion.

Race for Humanity: Four Play for Peace Mentors Share Their Stories

Now that we’re one week into Level Up: Race for Humanity, we want to introduce some of the amazing mentors from our Play for Peace clubs who are taking part in this month-long event. We’ll be following their journeys over the next few weeks, to share how they are leveling up in their communities.

Why I'm Running in the Level Up: Race for Humanity

Today's blog is a guest post from Jacob Gries, a freelance writer and avid runner from Cleveland, Ohio, who is joining us for Level Up: Race for Humanity. Here's why he's taking part—and why you should too.

Five Days Until Level Up: Race for Humanity! Here's What to Expect.

Next week we’ll kick off the first-ever, totally virtual, Level Up: Race for Humanity, a way for our global community to come together in a fun and active way that sparks hope, joy, and compassion. If you’ve already registered—and even if you haven’t signed up yet—here’s what you can expect.