Founded 25 years ago, Peace First is an international nonprofit organization that exists to create the next generation of peacemakers. We believe passionately that young people are natural problem solvers and that by unleashing their moral imaginations we can create a youth-led movement to counter the culture of violence that affects us all. We believe in the power of all young people to change the world through peacemaking - not someday in the future - right now. To this end, we invest in their ability to see themselves today as leaders and to maximize their capacity to solve some of society's most pressing problems.
Since our founding, Peace First has developed a best-in-class curriculum to teach young people the skills of courage, compassion, and collaborative leadership and apply them to the injustices they find in the world. This classroom curriculum is now open-source and available online via our Digital Activity Center, and it has been used by educators in all 50 states and more than 90 countries around the world. In 2013, we continued to build on our belief in the power of young people by launching the national Peace First Prize, a sort of Nobel Peace Prize, along with a two-year fellowship for young people who exemplify the positive impact that young peacemakers can create in the world. The Prize has generated over 120 million media impressions, thousands of nominations and applications, and awarded over 20 fellowships to a group of extraordinary young exemplars.
Peace First is now focused on creating a global movement of young people (ages 13-24) to counteract the culture of violence, intolerance, and hatred that plagues too many communities around the world. Called the Peace First Challenge, this project combines the use of media and on-the-ground partnerships to recruit young people from around the world to a digital platform that provides critical resources and connections that move young people from experiences to ideas to actions. With the goal of true culture change top of mind, our long-term aim is to support a movement of 2.5 million young people engaged in peacemaking. Not only will millions of young people develop the skills and lifelong commitment for peaceful social change, but we will source and share powerful solutions from those closest to the problems.
A key element of our strategic plan is to build out our team of talented professionals. We actively recruit, retain, and develop a multicultural and dynamic workforce that effectively and efficiently meets the wide spectrum of young people's needs across the globe. We believe that an inclusive and open environment fosters creativity, contributes to the quality of our work, and provides growth opportunities for all employees.
To that end, we are seeking individuals who are excited about fostering this inclusive culture and working in an entrepreneurial environment where there is an immediate opportunity to have tangible impact on organizational direction and achievement. We are a team of individuals who thrive in an environment that embodies and celebrates the following:
● Possession of a deep belief in the ability of young people to create change
● Ability to adapt and apply skills to new and changing scopes of work
● Eagerness for more responsibility and exposure to new challenges
● Motivation to solve problems by taking initiative and trying new ways of doing things
● Enthusiasm for connecting others to our mission and providing them with powerful
● Openness to working with others across diverse perspectives and backgrounds
At the core of our beliefs and work is the conviction that young people have the capacity to lead the social change that is desperately needed for us to have a more just and peaceful world. In order for us to achieve our long-term goal of supporting a movement of 2.5 million engaged, compassionate, and creative youth, young people must be at the center of our organizational work and we need to develop their leadership capabilities in ways that align with their passions and needs.
The Program Associate plays a key role in implementing the program to support our young peacemakers throughout their journey. Most of this support is conducted via our online platform. However, the Program Associate will also help directly engage with young people to ensure that they have the support they need to complete their peacemaking projects in their communities.
Central to our approach is providing feedback to young people that is gentle, kind and compassionate as well as constructively helpful. Key to being successful in this role is the ability to strike the right balance so that young people can improve their peacemaking work.
In addition to interacting with and providing support to young people via our online platform, the Program Associate will help produce events such as Accelerators, in-person events where young people receive mentoring and other critical support to advance their projects and impact.
This is an opportunity for someone excited about helping a team that is building a program and increasing efficiencies to achieve scale. The Program Associate will support a rapidly growing community of young people ranging from those who are just starting their peacemaking journeys to those who are experienced Peace First Fellows. This position reports to the Senior Manager, Program Implementation.
The Program Associate will be successful if Peace First youth feel supported and well cared for through quality project feedback and timely mini grants administration; if events are effectively run; and resources are efficiently used.
● Interact with young people through our global Peace First Challenge digital platform to encourage and provide feedback to them about their projects and respond to their queries
● Collaborate with the finance team on administering mini-grants to young people
● Lead event logistics for Accelerators and other program events
● Engage with our network of young people to gather feedback and identify opportunitiesto improve our current offerings
● Help ensure that the voice of young people is included in department- and organization-wide activities and decision making
● Respond to inquiries about and support the maintenance of resources in Peace First’s
Digital Activity Center
● Support other programmatic offerings including our Fellowship program and other youthleadership work
● Support efforts to understand and communicate the impact of our work with youth internally and externally, including data aggregation and report creation
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