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PEACE FIRST CHALLENGE
The 10 finalist teams were chosen by a panel of judges from The Allstate Foundation and Peace First. They were selected from a larger pool of 230 applicants who participated in the Peace First Challenge this spring. Mini-grants of up to $250 were made possible by The Allstate Foundation to help groups put their ideas into action. Participating teams also received access to online resources and adult mentors to help them identify social justice issues they're passionate about. The 10 finalists were selected based on the following criteria: Compassion, courage, collaboration. 
Peace-Builders Compassion       
   Because intolerance/violence sets up back as a society, wee need to be acceptingand be able to work together to initiate change. Team members feel thta it is both ignorance and the lack of understanding and contact that cause people to be intolarent.
Peace-Builders Caurage 
   It seemed like a risk at first but we learned that we should not assume that adults are not interested in what young people think. Adults were happy to have us participating, and were ipen to hearing our opinions.
Peace-Builders Collaboration
   We used existing resources and relationships; built on the networks we
had access to. We saw working on the Interfaith March for Peace and Jus ce as a way to demonstrate that young people have important voices and can bring contacts and other young people to benefit interfaith collaboration.
   
   

Peace-Builders Project Insight:
To solve Injustice of Intolerance and Violence, we will address the lack of understanding and contact minority majority schools and neighborhoods by working with coalitions of faith-based non-profit organizations, e.g., IACO (The Interfaith Association of Central ohio); to engage di verse religious/cultural high school and college stu- dents around issues of peace and equality.

Peace-Builders received $2,000 grant, the all expense paid trip to Chicago, and three days of mentorship to help refine their vision. As a result of their participition, another group has approached them about arranging for them to attend and help plan a peace march in New York. One of the mentors wants to columbus and work with them to develop a program that they can take to groups to teach cultural acceptance.














​Ten youth teams from around the country with creative approaches to addressing societal issues like bullying, homelessness and community violence will compete for $10,000 to put their ideas into action.
INTERFAITH MARCH FOR PEACE&JUSTICE
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     Our role in the Interfaith March for Peace and Justice on April 2nd increased our own awareness of the issues around protecting vulnerable minority populations.
     The success of the March resulted in organizers wanting to make the "Interfaith March for Peace and Justice" an annual event. Peace-Builders' contributions to the March were many, including shining a "spotlight" on young people as leaders. From their involvement, there are new requests to have the Peace-Builders provide youth leadership in other interfaith activities.
    Over 300 people of all ages attended the March. Twenty One groups/organizations joined as co-sponsors paying from $25 to $100 to covered the cost of the parade permit; hiring police to protect the marchers along the parade route; and money for the printing and other supplies.
    The March was covered in the nightly news, and it included an interview with Durya Nadeem, our Peace-Builder youth member, who made the opening speech at the March Rally. The diversity of speakers (Christian, Jewish Muslim, Sikh), and a multi-faith choral group sang at the event and reflected the diversity represented at the March. The experiences of working together for the March and carrying the event off, has encouraged the sponsoring groups to want to continue building these relationships.
     Bringing young people into the leadership of planning the March and being represented in prominent ways during the March. Comments from heads of cosponsoring organizations testified to the importance of having young people on stage-front and center
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RUN4UNITY
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    Part of building collaboration involves building relationships!  After the March, an organizer for the Ohio Focolare Movement’s RUN 4 UNITY community event, who participated in the March, asked the Peace-Builders to play an active role in their May 6th event that focused on children and youth.  After a meeting with the organizers of the Focolare event, the Peace-Builders agreed with the inter-faith focus of Focolare and to work with children at the event; to facilitate interactive games for the children, and to help expand our impact. Durya Nadeem, one of the Peace-Builder Team, was a “speaker” at the event.  This activity helped Peace-Builders to connect to new groups of young people from various faith traditions, and continue to build our network in the community
     We organized and ran interactive games—that focused on building relationships for younger children, and gave out 50 of our “Peace-Builder” buttons to children/youth.
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