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|Type||Foundation (United States law)
(IRS exemption status): 501(c)(3)
|Key people||Dawn Engle, co-founder and executive director
Ivan Suvanjieff, co-founder and president
|Focus(es)||Water, Equal Rights, Disease, Poverty, Human Rights, The Environment, Weapons, Ending Violence|
|Method(s)||Educating Youth and Activism|
The PeaceJam Foundation is an international organization whose missions statement is "to create young leaders committed to positive change in themselves, their communities and the world through the inspiration of Nobel Peace Laureates who pass on the spirit, skills, and wisdom they embody." The PeaceJam program was launched in February 1996 by co-founders Dawn Engle and Ivan Suvanjieff to provide the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates with a programmatic vehicle to use in working together to teach youth the art of peace.
To date, 13 Nobel Peace Laureates, including the 14th Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, President Oscar Arias, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Betty Williams, José Ramos-Horta, Aung San Suu Kyi, Sir Joseph Rotblat (Emeritus), Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi and Leymah Gbowee serve as Members of the PeaceJam Foundation. On September 15, 2006 ten of the Nobel Laureates launched the PeaceJam Foundation's Global Call to Action with the youth of the world as a part of PeaceJam's 10th Anniversary Celebration.
The PeaceJam Foundation was a nominee for the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize.
The story of PeaceJam began in the summer of 1993 when Ivan Suvanjiff had a discussion with four neighbors of his who were carrying guns. Ivan found out that these youth were inspired by the Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu, and had an idea to bring Nobel Peace Prize Laureates to youth in the Denver area. Dawn Gifford Engle, a colleague of Ivans, had contacts with the Dalai Lama. They began creating a business plan to present to the Dalai Llama. They flew to India and presented their idea to the Dalai Lama who agreed to help them. Dawn and Ivan's idea became PeaceJam.
Officially founded in 1996, PeaceJam has had more than six hundred thousand young people participate in the United States and in countries around the world. PeaceJammers have created almost one million service projects designed to address problems in their own schools and communities.
Global Call to Action
In September 2006, ten leading Nobel Peace Laureates and more than three thousand young people traveled from all over the world to Denver, Colorado, to celebrate the Tenth Anniversary of the PeaceJam Foundation. The 14th Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, President Oscar Arias, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Mairead Maguire, Betty Williams, José Ramos-Horta, Jody Williams and Shirin Ebadi came together in the largest gathering of Nobel Peace Laureates ever held in US history. They launched a ten-year Global Call to Action campaign, designed to tackle what they saw as the ten greatest challenges to the survival and well-being of our planet today.
The ten Global Call to Action issues are:
- Equal Access to Water and Other Natural Resources
- Ending Racism and Hate
- Halting the Spread of Global Disease
- Eliminating Extreme Poverty
- Social Justice and Human Rights for All
- Rights for Women and Children, and their Role as Leaders
- Restoring Earth's Environment
- Controlling the Proliferation of Weapons
- Investing in Human Security
- Breaking the Cycle of Violence
- 2011 Make a Difference Award – Mile Hi Church
- 2010 Nominated for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize 
- 2010 Keynote Speaker, Dawn Engle – Denver, Colorado’s 25th Anniversary Martin Luther King Jr. Day Marade
- 2009 Included in the '150 Most Contributing Citizens to Jefferson County, 1859-2009', Dawn Engle & Ivan Suvanjieff – Jefferson County City & Mountain Views
- 2008 Declaration of February 29-March 6, 2008 as “PeaceJam Week” – Colorado Governor Bill Ritter
- 2007 Nominated for the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize – By six Nobel Peace Laureates
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