From Youth Leader to Adult Mentor and Trainer: Chaun in Chicago

Kindness goes a long way in violent situations. That was a major lesson I learned as a facilitator. Chaun, is pictured above with his mom and one of the youth he mentored, Bianca, and her husband at our annual Feast for Peace. These are his…

This Year in Play for Peace Philippines!

In the past year, several exciting Practice Peace sessions have taken place in Cebu, an Island province of the Philippines. As always, the motivation was to encourage youth to embrace leadership, community service and cooperative play. In June of…

Music in Mexico: A Pop-up Play for Peace Experience

“Play is a universal language.” Sam and Sarah Tower have been involved with Play for Peace for over a decade. Both retired, they teach the youth of Tacoma, Washington about the value of play. On a recent trip to Mexico, the couple discovered…

From Guatemala to Nepal with Love

I am also afraid of earthquakes. I wish I could give you a hug. We are the Play for Peace Club in Palencia, Guatemala and we decided to dedicate our Tuesday meeting to writing signs of friendship and caring for the children learning Play for…

#thankyoutuesday: Deanna Pizzitelli

Deanna Pizzitelli came to us as a volunteer from United Nations Online Volunteers and lives in Bratislava, Slovakia. She has been volunteering with Play for Peace since 2015 as a Photo Editor and Blog Writer. Deanna is currently helping Play for…

Tacoma, Washington: Change at the First Creek School

“We could play with everyone, not just people we know.” The First Creek Middle School is located in beautiful Tacoma, Washington. With a majority of Hispanic students, and a smaller mix of African-American, Caucasian and Asian, First Creek…

Community Spotlight: Trainer Chad from the Philippines

“Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much” – Hellen Keller This is one of Chad's favorite quotes he shared with us during the Play for Peace Trainer Course. He is from Cebu, Philippines and has spent three years as a…

#ThankyouTuesday for Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist

We are grateful to the young people of Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist community for their hard work and caring for children from communities in conflict! As part of the Countryside Church's Faith-in-Action program, the congregation's…

Bringing together a Chicago-land community through smiles and laughter

There were smiles on everyone's faces as they worked together and supported each other.  Additionally, our community was very pleased that your trainers could speak to them in their native language! Thank you Play for Peace for helping us build our…

A child's fear turns into smiles in Nepal

"We r playing the games taught by play for peace in CFS centers in a lot of camp sites. I don't have a picture but it would be great it you tell them that we have started this initiation we finally got to see some smiles on these kids faces who r…

Walk for Peace 2015 Registration Open!

Walk with your community and help bring peace to children around the world! Every child has the right to a safe space to experience the joy of play. The United Nations dedicated September 21st each year as the International Day of Peace to be a day…

Children's Day Special Program in Peoria, IL: April 25, 2015

Join us to share Laughter, Compassion and Peace with our Peoria community!

Guest Blog Series: Thinking about Peace on Earth Day

If we want peace, every day should be Earth Day. Play for Peace is not an "environmental" organization in the traditional sense, but an essential part of who we are as a Global Learning Community includes a deep caring for the earth and awareness…

Community Spotlight: Trainer Khyrstin Shepard

Community Spotlight is a new blog series we have started to introduce you to the Play for Peace Community! We are honored to have Khyrstin as a new Trainer who will be working with her youth from Illinois State University-PFP club.  Khyrstin is…

#Thankyoutuesdays: Kevin Creely!

Our deepest appreciation to the Kevin Creely! Kevin is a Board Treasurer and supports Play for Peace in many ways. Kevin, we want to express our gratitude for your generosity in support of Play for Peace. Your commitment means so much to us. Thank…

Community Spotlight: Trainer Jes Ward

Community Spotlight is a new blog series we have started to introduce you to the Play for Peace Community! We are honored to have Jes as a new Trainer who will be bringing in her youth from cityWILD as our first spotlight. The following is her…

In the Heart of Los Angeles, Young Leaders Make a Difference

Peace is...to be open minded and respectful. Calmness, laughter, being curious about the world. On Wednesday April 8th, Play for Peace Mentor Jessica Guendoley sat down with a group of Youth Facilitators at Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) and asked them…

#Thankyou Tuesday dedicated to Educators Collective

Our most heartfelt "Thank you!" to the Educators Collective who organized one of the most well run Play for Peace workshops I have even been part of! Not only did Shalini and her team put their heart and skills into making sure everything was…

Clinton High School Play for Peace Club Visits Illinois State University

As part of our day, we were able to hear from a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. She played Play for Peace games with the students and shared a new game with us as well. It was a great day! Campus visits are one of the most important steps students…

#Thankyoutuesdays: Robert Blankenbaker

Our deepest appreciation to Robert Blankenbaker! Bob is a retired Intellectual Property Rights attorney who has been a committed volunteer and a dear friend to Play for Peace since our founding. This year at the 2015 Feast for Peace Bob received…