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The Power of Collaboration: Insights from Episode 14 of 'It's In The Experience' Podcast

In the latest "It's In The Experience" podcast, Sherry Bagley talks with Sarah Gough and Marilyn Levin from Play for Peace about the power of teamwork in experiential education. They share their experiences in bringing people together and making a positive impact. The episode highlights the partnership between the Association for Experiential Education and Play for Peace, offering tips for new educators. Listen to learn how experiential education can help improve the world.

Welcome Our New Board Members: Carol Bowden and Rahul Shah

We are excited to welcome Carol Bowden, Pharm.D., MBA, and Rahul Sha, MBA to our Board of Directors. Carol, and Rahul, bring diverse expertise in healthcare and global finance. Their addition will greatly enhance our mission. Special thanks to Cause Strategy Partners for the introduction. Stay tuned for updates on this new chapter.

A Journey of Purpose and Passion: Kiran Sahani's Path to the McCall MacBain Scholarship

My journey has been driven by a vision for an equitable community. Starting with street plays on critical issues like child labor and women's empowerment, and evolving through the Play for Peace initiative, we've engaged youth and inspired positive change. This path has not only fostered my growth as a community leader but also emphasized core values of inclusion, cooperation, and fun. I carry the lessons of integrity, kindness, curiosity, and courage, striving for a brighter, inclusive future.

Celebrating 25 Years of Peacebuilding

On April 20th, in Chicago, Play for Peace celebrated 25 years of impactful peacebuilding endeavors. The event featured insights from key figures who emphasized the organization's profound influence globally. Play for Peace's adaptability during COVID-19 was highlighted. The narrative of the organization's journey is marked by resilience and community solidarity. 

Understanding Autism: Lessons from a Parent and Director

Today, on Autism Awareness Day, I share a piece of my heart and journey with you. As a parent of an autistic child and the director of Play for Peace, I've learned invaluable lessons about love, patience, and understanding beyond words. From realizing the depth of non-verbal communication to embracing the beauty of stimming and appreciating the grace in processing time, my journey has been one of profound growth and connection. 

Play for Peace Empowers DreamsHub: A Week of Training in Sri Lanka

The article highlights Play for Peace's week-long training program for its partner organization, DreamsHub in Sri Lanka. The program boosted morale among the DreamsHub staff and empowered them to engage with their local community further. 

Educators Are Recognized for Supporting Play for Peace

We are happy to share that we just completed our Phase 2 project with Kikori. We have been working on developing age appropriate variations for the activities that were on the Kikori platform. This phase of the project which began in July was actually a continuation of a process that began in early 2022 with uploading over 250 activities to the Kikori platform. 

Celebrating Play for Peace in the New Year

Happy New Year to all! We started our year creating a wonderful experience on January 15th where we met to celebrate ourselves and our work with PFP.

Sowing Seeds of Peace in El Salvador / Sembrando Semillas de Paz en El Salvador

At the beginning of December Regional Coordinator, Andres Armas traveled from Guatemala to El Salvador to conduct a Play for Peace session with the Suchitoto Club. A friend and writer of Andres, Veronica Rozotto joined to document her experience. Thank you Veronica for sharing this beautiful piece with us!

Meet Jessica!

Thank you for your dedication to this year's partnership with Kikori, Jessica! We can't wait to see what the future holds for you as your gifts and talents are used to better this world.

You Just Found Out Your Child Is Neurodivergent - Here’s What You Need to Know

The home is the first foundation of your child’s support system. It’s their safe space, where they can be themselves without judgment. Listen, empathize and validate their emotions and problems. They need to know it’s okay to not be like the other kids...

How Climate Change Affects Rural Communities

Rural communities are highly vulnerable to climate change. Colorado State University lists a few reasons behind this, one of which is rural residents’ lower income rates. This leaves them with fewer resources to pay for the consequences of climate change, such as flash flooding.

Healing Play in Burundi

This mini bite-sized update comes from the Healing Play club in Burundi where 150 participants and 6 youth leaders create lasting change in their local communities.

Leading a Successful Workshop at Chico State University

"One of the indicators of the magic of the day was the joy and connection that participants left with and the choice they all made to spend the evening together rather than..."
 

PFP Alumni - What Are They up to Now?

These are just some life stories of people who, in their youth, believed in the importance of PFP for their formation as leaders of peace. They now inspire other people to form new leadership for a better world, there are...