A play for peace-creating and connecting caring communities!
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Play for Peace creates and connects caring communities globally by training youth to lead cooperative play and gathering virtually to share, learn and inspire.
A propos de vous
A propos de vous
A propos de votre organisation
Play for Peace
États Unis, IL, Chicago
Pays dans lesquels ce projet crée un impact social
Votre organisation est-elle une
a. organisation à but non lucratif
Votre rôle dans l’éducation : [case à cocher]
Prestataire intervenant après l’école.
Le type d’école(s) à laquelle votre solution est destinée :
Publique (pas de frais de scolarité)
Depuis combien de temps votre organisation opère-t-elle ?
Plus 5 années
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Sélectionnez la phase qui s'applique le mieux à votre solution
Extension (la prochaine étape consiste à étendre l'impact à l'échelle régionale, voire internationale)
Depuis combien de temps votre solution est-elle en vigueur?
En place depuis plus de 5 ans
Le besoin : quel problème tentez-vous de résoudre ?
When children are educated in fear, exclusion, cut-throat competition and intolerance, the resulting violence is evidenced by bullying, school attrition, shootings and suicide.
“Education combined with warm-heartedness, a sense of concern for the well-being of others, has much more positive results. If you have a great deal of knowledge, but you're governed by negative emotions, then you tend to use your knowledge in negative ways.” (Dalai Lama, 2012)
Globally, intellectual knowledge gained in school is geared primarily to individual or national advancement, not in the learning of life skills including empathy and cooperative problem-solving needed to face today’s problems. Play for Peace addresses school and community violence world-wide by promoting global citizenship.
La solution: quelle solution proposez-vous ? Soyez précis !
Play for Peace believes the use of cooperative, inclusive and caring play, led by youth leaders and enriched by volunteer action, is key to teaching empathy and building peaceful communities. In play we open up to learning, imagination and connecting as laughter overcomes barriers and children “win” Play for Peace cooperative games by learning to trust, work together, problem-solve, celebrate diversity and be compassionate in a safe environment.
“At-risk” youth play leaders identify themselves as international peace builders, gain powerful group facilitation skills and use their passion and skills to identify and lead positive volunteer action events in their community. They run Play Days during recess or afterschool for children ages 7-12 as well as work colaboratively with youth from different backgrounds. The youth and their adult mentors volunteer via after-school programs called Play for Peace Clubs and connect, share, inspire and learn from each other virtually.
Le système : décrivez un exemple spécifique montrant de quelle façon votre initiative fonctionne ; indiquez vos principales activités.
With Play for Peace, children have stopped bullying from happening in their schools, youth have become global citizens for change and communities have opted for nonviolent action in the face of conflict.
Recently, a group of trainers in India, who credit their school completion on participation in Play for Peace as youth, became Social Entrepreneurs. Like many of our other global youth graduates from South Africa, Chicago and Guatemala, they are leveraging their Play for Peace Trainer Certification and contacts to launch a nonprofit organization working with the Indian public school system to use cooperative play to promote cultural understanding, empathy and prevent school attrition, corporal punishment and bullying.
As Certified Trainers they contact public schools in their region to present the Play for Peace program. After an introductory play session the students and teachers are offered Play for Peace training to form a Play for Peace Club in their school so they themselves can facilitate games in their community. 5 youth founders and 1 adult mentor passionate about peace-building and training are all that is needed to form a Club. Most activities are no-prop and resources are found locally.
After leading several play sessions with children in their community the new youth leaders also begin implementing volunteer activities based on the needs they identify. The students, mentors and trainers all access the Play for Peace global learning community for educational material, sharing, inspiration and lifelong learning.
Le marché : qui sont vos collègues et vos concurrents ? Identifiez les autres personnes qui travaillent à répondre au même besoin et indiquez ce qui vous différencie d'elles. Comment ces concurrents pourraient-ils influencer votre réussite ou votre croissance ?
There are many organizations that use cooperative play and experiential learning effectively to create caring classrooms in specific regions or through one-time camps or events between specific populations. There are also great organizations that promote youth volunteerism and online global exchanges.
However, Play for Peace is unique in forming an on-going global network of locally-run programs that share a common goal of creating peaceful communities through the use of cooperative play linked by a learning community of practitioners.
In fact, during this competition I anticipate identifying new partners that may be interested in the Play for Peace training and connecting with our global community. What a wonderful meeting of minds and hearts focused on Teaching Empathy!
Maintenant que vous avez bien réfléchi à votre participation, aidez-nous à la présenter.
décrivez votre organisation, votre programme ainsi que les services ou les produits proposés (1 ou 2 phrases brèves). [136 caractères/25 mots]
Play for Peace creates and connects caring communities by training youth to lead cooperative play becoming international peace-builders.
expliquez le caractère innovant de votre initiative (1 ou 2 phrases brèves). [136 caractères/25 mots]
Play for Peace uses the power of play to connect, teach and learn cooperation, empathy and peace.
This Entry is about (Issues)
Jusqu'à ce jour, quels résultats a obtenu votre projet ?
Play for Peace has taught empathy through laughter and play to over 100,000 children, youth and adults in 7 different countries. Also, over the last 14 years, Play for Peace participants have calmed neighborhoods wracked by gang violence in inner city Chicago, diverted an inter-religious conflict in India, maintained cooperation in refugee camps and integrated diverse populations of youth.
Children in Play for Peace show decreased use of discriminatory comments in the classroom and playground, recruitment to gangs and elementary school dropout rate (especially girls from developing countries).
Our at-risk youth have higher graduation rates often choosing careers such as social work and teaching as well as and continuing volunteer leadership for positive change well into adulthood.
Our participating communities cite overall tension and violence reduction especially during flares of conflict and increased local youth leadership focused on volunteer community improvement.
Quelles sont vos prévisions en termes d'impact au cours des trois prochaines années?
Over the next 3 years we plan to have 50-75 local trainers in 10 different countries opening a total of 50 Play for Peace Clubs a year (the structure of the Play for Peace Club program was launched in 2011). As each Club conservatively impacts aproximately 10 youth and 30 children, we anticipate 500 youth and 1500 children to participate annually. The growth rate of Clubs will remain constant year-to-year, however we anticipate reaching an active trainer community of no more than 75.
We anticipate our participating Play for Peace Club schools and communities to cite reduced overall tensions, lower school drop-out rate and improved school climate.
Quels sont les obstacles qui risquent de freiner votre projet ? Comment pensez-vous les surmonter ?
When people from different countries work to accomplish the same goal, communication is key. Language and time, as many are volunteers, could both be barriers. To overcome these, we have several communication tools that facilitate our work. For trainers and mentors we have a global wiki to hold topic discussions, during our monthly conference call we hold workshops and answer questions. Our community also holds regional meetings and discuss projects that will happen in a certain region or country. Creating win-win situations where our volunteers see imediate impact of their work is also important.
Also, all of our Play for Peace Clubs are self-funded for their operational expenses. We anticipate providing support and networking opportunities for our groups.
Les meilleures propositions possèdent un programme solide détaillant leurs prévisions pour atteindre et suivre leurs objectifs de croissance. Identifiez vos objectifs à 6 mois pour accroître vos résultats
In 6 months will have trained 30 trainers and 25 Play for Peace Clubs will also be trained and registered.
Définissez les trois tâches principales à accomplir pour atteindre ces objectifs à six mois
Play for Peace Certification Course completed, 30 trainers Certified.
Support introductory training and registeration of 25 Clubs.
Identify 3 new investors ($5000+ donation) to support the our growth and training of new Play for Peace Clubs.
Et maintenant, voyez les choses en plus grand ! Identifiez vos objectifs à 12 mois
In 12 months will have trained 50 trainers and 50 Play for Peace Clubs will also be trained and registered.
Définissez les trois tâches principales à accomplir pour atteindre vos objectifs à 12 mois
Second Play for Peace Certification Course completed a total of 50 trainers Certified.
Support introductory training and registeration of 25 additional Clubs.
Identify 3 new additional investors ($5000+ donation) to support the our growth and training of new Play for Peace Clubs.
Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]
A serious accident compelled founders, then corporate trainers, Michael Terrien and Craig Dobkin to examine the meaning of their lives. Soon after, Michael facilitated a retreat for survivors and victims' families of the Oklahoma City bombing incident with colleague Faith Evans.
While doing this work, Faith had a dream of a red ball bouncing in Bosnia and then to Jerusalem. When she awoke, she called Michael to ask, “What is the highest purpose of play?” and Play for Peace was born.
A model of cultural change from the corporate realm traveled to a very different place: communities polarized by racial, ethnic, or religious conflicts. In 1996 Play for Peace initiatives were launched in Chicago and the Middle East under the aegis of the Association for Experiential Education becoming a non-profit organization in 1999.
Quels sont vos différents partenariats ?
Over the years we have developed several important, formal and non-formal, partnerships. We have a signed agreement with the following institutions to promote Play for Peace programming regionally; Illinois State University, University of San Carlos (in Guatemala) and Shaishav (a child rights organization in India). Also, many of our trainers created or work for peace-building non-profit organizations and schools in their community and implement Play for Peace activities, such as the Chicago Teachers Center and A New Day in Vietnam. Many more partnerships are being explored for future growth.
Avec quelle équipe (employés, bénévoles, etc.) pensez-vous atteindre vos objectifs de croissance définis dans la section sur l'impact social? [75 mots]
Our staff, trainer community and board of directors will work together closely to take Play for Peace through the next milestones. In the last year we have streamlined, documented and communicated a flexible but clear structure to train and support the trainer community and to register and support the Play for Peace Club and mentor community. This gives us efficient and effective processes and high quality high-level goal congruence while still supporting local needs and opportunities. Our team is primarily volunteers or social entrepreneurs.
Expliquez plus en détails les besoins et les offres indiqués ci-dessus ou proposez un type d'aide non mentionné dans la liste
Given the fact that our organization is primarily made up of experiential educators, marketing support could help promote the wonderful work that is being done but not seen. Investment is often sought when opening new Play for Peace Clubs, particularly in regions with less opportunity to cover the training costs. We look forward to sharing our learning and colaborating with others.