Unity of Purpose, Diversity of Action

Play for Peace is a group of people united by a dream of peace for our children—today and tomorrow—and guided by our mission and core values. Each of our communities creates the interventions most relevant to their needs and connects with the global learning community for learning, inspiration, and support.

Quite simply, where Play for Peace exists, peace itself grows.

Our mission 

To bring together children, youth, and organizations in communities affected by conflict, using cooperative play to create laughter, compassion, and peace.

Play for Peace model & method

Model: Community engagement & leadership development

Play for Peace is more than a program or handbook of activities. It is a community that has been transformed by actions inspired by our methodology and sustained by local leadership, empowered youth, and regional organizations. Guided by our mission and core values of cooperation, inclusion, caring, and fun, community members do more than participate in the Play for Peace process; the process becomes a part of them. 

Global Learning Community

Play for Peace global team

Partner organizations

Adult mentors & volunteers

Youth leaders

Child participants

 

Outcomes & Impact

Compassionate citizens

Friendships across divides

Thriving communities

Method: Cooperative Play & Experiential Learning

Cooperative play is a universal way for people to come together and learn. It creates a gateway to moments when differences are celebrated, friendships are created, and we see what connects us rather than what divides us. We use play as an experiential learning tool and a catalyst for inspiring people from different cultures to reach across barriers and boundaries.

We create

 Compassionate Citizens 

 Friendships Across Divides 

 Thriving Communities 

Impact: Case studies

The Play for Peace process

Step 1: Introduction

Educational play sessions are led by Play for Peace leadership in communities suffering from conflict, creating safe environments where people of all ages can experience the joy of play and a community that practices cooperation, inclusion, caring and fun.

Step 2: Engagement

Local youth are then trained to lead their own cooperative play and community service sessions. Together with their mentor, they form a Play for Peace club to improve the lives of local children, youth and adults in addition to practicing their new leadership skills.

Step 3: Amplification

New leaders are fostered to continue the cycle of peace within their community and in new regions around the world, promoting positive relationships across cultural, religious, and other divides and continuously growing our global learning community.

Play for Peace is having an impact in communities in conflict around the globe!

97%

Youth and adult leaders feel that Play for Peace helps them feel more moments of joy and hope.

92%

Youth and adult leaders feel that they are a more compassionate person since joining Play for Peace.

85%

Play for Peace youth leaders report having made more friends from different backgrounds since joining Play for Peace.

83%

Residents surveyed feel that Play for Peace helps their communities be more compassionate.