Learn About PeaceJam

PeaceJam = Nobel Peace Laureates Mentoring Youth to Change the World.

With over 17 years of experience around the world, the PeaceJam Foundation is the global leader in developing young leaders and engaging them in their local and global communities. This award-winning nonprofit is led by thirteen Nobel Peace Laureates who have nominated PeaceJam for the Nobel Peace Prize nine times. Google and other partners have recently joined with PeaceJam to launch "One Billion Acts of Peace" -- an international global citizen's movement led by our thirteen Nobel Peace Laureates and designed to tackle the toughest issues facing humanity.

Read PeaceJam's Case Statement

Mission - We Think Big!
PeaceJam is an international education organization whose mission 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.

How PeaceJam Got Started

Watch PeaceJam Co-Founders Dawn and Ivan tell their story or read it below

In the summer of 1993, gang activity hit a record high in Northwest Denver and the media dubbed it ‘The Summer of Violence'. One day, Ivan Suvanjieff saw four young boys in his neighborhood carrying guns. He called them over and discovered that these rough-and-tumble youth not only knew who Desmond Tutu was, they appreciated his nonviolent efforts toward change. Ivan had a huge brainstorm—what could happen if we put young people together with Nobel Peace Laureates like Tutu to inspire them work for positive change. Suvanjeiff's vibe was infectious and he soon sold Dawn Engle on the concept. Engle, a former Washington politico and co-founder of Colorado Friends of Tibet, was granted an audience with the Dalai Lama. They had to borrow money from friends to fly to India. The Dalai Lama liked the idea and he said yes! But he also told them to involve some of his other Nobel Peace Laureate friends, so young people could study their lives and get many different perspectives on the world. They ended up back in Denver, cold-calling Nobel Peace Prize Laureates - they were so fired-up about the idea that they didn’t realize just how impossible it really was.

In 1996, the PeaceJam program was launched, and to date over 1 million young people have participated in the USA and around the world. PeaceJammers have created almost two million service projects designed to address problems in their own schools and communities. Archbishop Tutu recently commented on the creation of PeaceJam, saying, “It seemed like a crazy idea at the time, but it has gained an incredible kind of momentum and it has made a huge, huge difference in the lives of many young people by giving them hope and direction.”

The PeaceJam Formula!
PeaceJam's program is built on three simple ideas: Education, Inspiration, and Action.
Curriculum for Youth Ages 5-25
Click here to learn more about PeaceJam Programs and how to Get Trained.

13 Nobel Peace Laureates
Click here to learn about the Nobel Laureates, find upcoming PeaceJam Events with the Laureates, and get inspired by pictures and videos from PeaceJammers all over the world in the Gallery.

Youth & Adults Changing the World
Youth use the framework of PeaceJam's Global Call to Action to implement creative projects that address the root causes of issues. Click here for specific ideas on how to create and implement a Global Call to Action Project to be counted toward our goal of one billion!

Nobel Legacy Film Series
PeaceJam is developing a series of films highlighting the cutting-edge work being done by our Nobel Peace Laureates as they strive to create a better future for all of humanity. These films capture the lifelong legacy of the Laureates and distribution is world-wide. Click here to Learn more.

Members of the PeaceJam Foundation
Click on Inspiration to learn more about the Laureates
  • The Dalai Lama, 1989 Nobel Peace Laureate
  • Betty Williams, 1976 Nobel Peace Laureate
  • Rigoberta Menchú Tum, 1982 Nobel Peace Laureate
  • Oscar Arias Sanchez, 1987 Nobel Peace Laureate
  • Desmond Tutu, 1984 Nobel Peace Laureate
  • Aung San Suu Kyi, 1991 Nobel Peace Laureate
  • Máiread Corrigan Maguire, 1976 Nobel Peace Laureate
  • Adolfo Pérz Esquivel, 1980 Nobel Peace Laureate
  • José Ramos Horta, 1996 Nobel Peace Laureate
  • Jody Williams, 1997 Nobel Peace Laureate
  • Sir Joseph Rotblat, 1995 Nobel Peace Laureate
  • Shirin Ebadi, 2003 Nobel Peace Laureate
  • Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate

  • IRS Status
    PeaceJam Foundation is a Colorado 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with no political or religious affiliations. PeaceJam Affiliate offices are hosted by nonprofit organizations located across the country and around the globe.
    Click here to download PeaceJam's 2012 Audited Financials

    Funding Sources
    A large percentage of PeaceJam's funding comes from individual donors who make regular or one-time contributions to support our work. Almost 90% of funding goes directly to programming and PeaceJam relies on the generosity of over 5,000 volunteers each year to deliver its services to youth around the world. Read the PeaceJam Case Statement above to learn more!

    Awards Received
    PeaceJam has received numerous prominent awards since our founding in 1996. Some of the awards include:
  • The PeaceJam Foundation has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize nine times since 2008.
  • 2012 Alec Dickson Servant Leader Award, Dawn Engle- National Service-Learning Conference®
  • 2009 Charity of the Month for December 2009 – eBAY
  • 2008 Women of Distinction Award, Dawn Engle – Girl Scouts of Colorado
  • 2008 Celebrate Culture Civil Rights Award – NEWSED CDC
  • 2008 Harris Woffard Service-Learning Award - National Youth Leadership Council
  • 2008 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Bill Roberts Outstanding Lifetime Contribution Award
  • 2008 Declaration of February 29-March 6, 2008 as “PeaceJam Week” – Colorado Governor Bill Ritter
  • 2006 Ambassador of Peace Award – The Conflict Center
  • The 2005 Man of Peace Award for Achievement in Peace Education - presented by Mikhail Gorbachev Foundation
  • 2002 Service-Learning Excellence Award - Colorado Department of Education
  • 2002 Outstanding Achievements and Exceptional Accomplishments Certificate – House of Representatives of the State of New Mexico
  • 1999 Faith to Faith Award – Rotary International

    Contact PeaceJam
    We look forward to hearing from you! Please check out the Affiliates & Chapters section to find the PeaceJam office nearest you or you can contact the PeaceJam Foundation at 303-455-2099 (USA) or at info@peacejam.org.