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Support young leaders to create more laughter, peace and compassion.

Right now 2 billion people live in countries in conflict, including 1 in 6 children.

Violent conflict prevents growth and development. However, promoting peace in areas at risk for or experiencing violent conflict is both effective and economically viable: For every $1 invested in peace building, there is a potential $16 reduction in the cost of armed conflict.

"When we consider the costs of war -- to the global economy but most of all to humanity's very soul -- peacebuilding is a bargain, and a prerequisite for development and a better future for all," UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

As a grassroots, global organization, Play for Peace has been driving personal and community power-building and positive change in high-violence environments for over 25 years, supporting generations of active peace builders at the local level.

Developing Local Leaders Catalyzes Change

Play for Peace is integrated into schools, community centers, refugee camps and/or local organizations, where local youth leaders are trained to conduct "Practice Peace" cooperative play sessions for younger children and community building projects that benefit entire neighborhoods.

Get Involved

There are many ways you can positively impact thousands of children and teens, all of who dream of a life without fear of violence and discrimination. Will you join us?

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or online.

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impact lives.

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to your community.

Our Locations

Any time, day or night, Play for Peace is happening somewhere in the world. In 60+ communities around the globe—each with its own diverse characteristics, talents, and resources—our work is transforming lives, all while bringing richness and creativity to our diverse global learning community.

Click on each of the countries to learn about its unique challenges and our ongoing efforts to create peace.

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  • May 18, 2024

    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.

  • May 16, 2024

    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.

  • Apr 23, 2024

    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.