Foundation (United States law)|
(IRS exemption status): 501(c)(3)
|Focus||Water, equal rights, disease, poverty, human rights, The environment, weapons, ending violence|
|Method||Educating youth and activism|
Dawn Engle, co-founder|
Ivan Suvanjieff, co-founder
Dr. Kate Cumbo, executive director
The PeaceJam Foundation is an international organization whose mission 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. This foundation supports young people working for change through peaceful acts, giving them a platform by which they can be heard.
To date, 14 Nobel Peace Laureates serve as members of the PeaceJam Foundation: the 14th Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, President Oscar Arias, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Betty Williams, José Ramos-Horta, Tawakkol Karman, Sir Joseph Rotblat (Emeritus), Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi, Kailash Satyarthi, and Leymah Gbowee. On September 15, 2006, 10 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 has been nominated nine times for the Nobel Peace Prize.
In May 2014, the PeaceJam Foundation launched the 'One Billion Acts of Peace Campaign', a global citizen's campaign designed to tackle the toughest issues facing humanity. In January 2015, the campaign and organizers Dawn Engle and Ivan Suvanjieff were honored with seven Nobel Peace Prize nominations.
The story of PeaceJam began in the summer of 1993 when Ivan Suvanjiff had a discussion with four neighborhood youth who were carrying guns. Suvanjieff 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 Suvanjieff's, 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. Engle and Suvanjieff's idea became PeaceJam.
Officially founded in 1996, PeaceJam has had more than one million young people participate in the United States and in countries around the world. PeaceJammers have created almost two million service projects designed to address problems in their own schools and communities.
Global Call to Action
In September 2006, 10 leading Nobel Peace Laureates and more than 3,000 young people traveled from all over the world to Denver, Colorado, to celebrate the 10th 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 U.S. history. They announced plans for a 10-year campaign, now known as the One Billion Acts of Peace campaign, designed to tackle what they perceive as the 10 greatest challenges to the survival and well-being of our planet today.
The 10 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
Each of PeaceJam's award-winning programs includes activities that enhance the academic, civic, and social-emotional skills of youth, fostering the essential leadership skills and character traits necessary to create positive change in the world and addressing issues such as bullying, racism & hate, poverty, and apathy.
Each Curriculum Guide is aligned to educational standards and engages students in a high quality service-learning process aligned with PeaceJam's One Billion Acts of Peace - designed to build 21st century skills, anti-bullying, global citizenship, and community engagement.
Peacejam Juniors serves ages 5–11, Peacejam leaders serves ages 11–14, PeaceJam Ambassadors serves ages 14–18, PeaceJam Scholars serves university aged youth. and the Peacejam Juvenile Justice program serves at risk youth at all ages.
Nobel Legacy Film Series
Working with the 14 inspiring Nobel Peace Laureates who make up PeaceJam’s board, the PeaceJam Foundation is developing a series of films highlighting the cutting edge work being done by the Laureates as they fight to create a better future for all of humanity. Directed by Dawn Gifford Engle, Children of the Light, Rivers of Hope, Daughter of the Maya, and Without A Shot Fired are the first four award winning documentary films in PeaceJam's Nobel Legacy Film Series.
Awards and recognition
- 2017: Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize by Shirin Ebadi
- 2016 Golden Globe Tiger Awards For Excellence in Social Innovation
- 2015 One Billion Acts of Peace Campaign nominated seven times for the Nobel Peace Prize
- 2014 Declaration of Commendation from the Colorado State Senate
- 2013 Servant Leader Award - National Youth Leadership Council
- 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 Women of Distinction Award, Dawn Engle – Girl Scouts of Colorado
- 2008 Outstanding Lifetime Contribution Award - Martin Luther King Foundation
- 2008 Harris Woffard Service-Learning Award – National Youth Leadership Council
- 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
- 2006 Ambassadors of Peace
- 2006 Nominated for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize
- 2005 Outstanding Arvada Business
- 2005 Man of Peace Award - Awarded by Mikhail Gorbachev at the 2005 World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates
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