Ashoka Fellow
United States
Fellow Since 2007
    This description of Eric Dawson's work was prepared when Eric Dawson was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2007.
    In many of America’s schools, violence poses a significant threat to children’s safety and performance in class. Eric Dawson is counteracting this with a program that engages youth in peacemaking and conflict resolution. Peace Games brings together students, teachers, and volunteers to collectively change the status quo and reject violence as an inevitable presence on school playgrounds.
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    Over the past two years, we have been scaling our work to build a youth peacemaking movement. We launched the Peace First Digital Activity Center in October 2012, an online platform that presents our peacemaking curriculum cost-free for educators and parents. Our content has been downloaded in all 50 states and over 140 countries. We also launched a national engagement campaign called The Peace First Prize in January, 2013. Envisioned as a “Nobel Peace Prize” for young people leading social change, we recently announced 10 winners (ages 8-22) to receive a two-year, $50,000 fellowship. The second Prize launches in January, 2014.

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