Peace First

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Violence is pervasive in our culture and impacts our young people every day, from guns on the streets to bullies in schools, intolerance, and our inability to connect with, respect, and be kind to each other. These experiences have a devastating effect on young people's healthy development, and contributes to a cycle that is at the root of so many other problems in our world.

Thankfully, over twenty years of experience working with young people has taught us that they can be powerful problem-solvers if they are called and prepared to do so. By teaching young people the skills of courage, compassion, and collaborative leadership, we can unleash their moral imagination. By investing in those ideas, we can help them address some of the most challenging issues in their communities.

Unfortunately, not enough young people are being called to act and supported to create powerful solutions. The narrative around our young people is as victims at best, and all too often they are seen as part of the problem. According to the Berkeley Media Studies Group, only 1% of media representations of young people are positive.

Now is the time to unleash this untapped resource by teaching young people the skills they need to solve the problems that matter most to them, and investing in the ideas that will help change our world for the better.

The Digital Activity Center houses our signature peacemaking curriculum. The Peace First curriculum is tailored to meet the development needs of young people and to help them develop and practice positive behaviors. Our curriculum addresses themes such as friendship, fairness, cooperation, conflict resolution, and consequences of actions, all through the use of experiential activities and cooperative games.

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Establishing and practicing rituals in your classroom can help you create a peaceful environment and lay the foundation for your students to develop...
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  • Elementary (Grades 3-5)
This fourth grade lesson helps students recognize exclusionary behavior when it happens and to identify places and situations in which exclusion may...
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This fifth grade lesson helps students lay the foundation for upcoming lessons on conflict and de-escalation by deepening students’ sense of...
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This fifth grade lesson helps students develop insight into helpful and harmful responses they can have when presented with conflicts, and to...
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  • Elementary (Grades 3-5)
This third grade lesson helps students gain a greater understanding of nonverbal communication and how it can be used to promote peaceful...
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  • Elementary (Grades 3-5)
This fourth grade lesson helps students appreciate what it feels like to be part of a community and to understand that members of a community have...
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In this first grade lesson, students will practice sharing and helping, and they will begin to identify ways they can help others in their family,...
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An opening/closing ritual, Compliment Relay helps students practice appreciating other members of the class. For more cooperative games and...
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This first grade lesson helps students improve their ability to identify and understand feelings of anger, as well as to identify constructive ways...
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In order to reap the benefits of cooperative games, you have to make time to debrief the games you play so that your students have the opportunity to...