Waging peace starts within our communities and extends around the world. Your actions make the difference. Join our Scavenger Hunt for Peace Challenge and complete activities that help wage peace in your community and around the world! Take action as an individual or gather your crew and start a Young Peacebuilders Club.
See below for the full list of activities and resources to help get you started.
You! We encourage young people from anywhere in the world to participate. And we encourage adults to support them in doing so.
Check out our activities below and download our Challenge Sheet HERE to keep track of the activities you complete. Points are assigned to each activity, try to get as many points as you can! The most active participants between August 12th and September 21st will be rewarded with a special feature on our social media and blog.
Please share photos and stories on social media using #wagepeace and tag us @YoungPeacebuilders
Where and When
Worldwide! August 12th – September 21st, 2017
Although the challenge ends September 21st we will keep this page up so you can access the resources any time.
This years International Youth Day theme is “Youth Building Peace”. Since the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace, & Security in 2015 there is growing recognition that young people are important actors in conflict prevention and peacebuilding. International Youth Day is dedicated to celebrating young people’s contributions to sustaining peace.
Activities are organized into the following 4 categories: Young Peacebuilders (YP), Peace Education, Environment, and Local Community. Download your Challenge Sheet HERE
Complete your first activity by becoming a Peace Ambassador and commit to wage peace in your community! Sign your name HERE to join other young peacebuilders worldwide and earn your first point in the challenge.
1. Tell your friends about YP Scavenger Hunt for Peace Challenge and share your photos and stories with us using #wagepeace and tagging us @YoungPeacebuilders on social media (1 POINT)
3. Sign up to receive YP e-newsletters here (3 POINTS)
4. Write a blog on “what does peace mean to you?” and how you plan to wage peace in your community. Submit it to the YP blog here (5 POINTS)
5. Start a YP Club at your school or community center (15 POINTS)
6. Apply to volunteer with YP (15 POINTS)
1. Sign our Peace Pledge here to become a Peace Ambassador (1 POINT)
2. Learn about United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250 and why it should matter to you! (3 POINTS)
3. Take the Global Citizen quiz to find out what type of citizen you are! (3 POINTS)
4. Observe a minute of silence at noon on International Peace Day September 21st in the spirit of our shared humanity and desire for peace. This is a global activity that takes place in all time zones (3 POINTS)
5. Spend an afternoon creating your own piece of art, inspired by the question “what does peace look like?” Be sure to check out Exile International, an example of how art can be used to help empower children affected by war to become peace leaders (5 POINTS)
6. Screen films about peace at your school or community center (5 POINTS)
Examples of videos to show:
A 5 minute animated story of Yusra Mardini, a young refugee from Syria who competed in the 2016 Olympics and was recently appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
A 5 minute film on youth peacebuilding initiatives in Chicago.
A 20 minute documentary on youth and peacebuilding in Nepal by Saferworld.
The multi award-winning feature documentary about Jeremy Gilley’s 10-year journey to establish Peace Day on September 21st.
7. Write a review on a book about peacebuilding and human rights (5 POINTS)
8. Organize a peace game with your school or community center! Learn how games can teach young people about world peace by watching John Hunter’s TEDtalk on his World Peace Game Foundation (10 POINTS)
9. Embrace your inner activist and participate in a Do Something Campaign with your friends (10 POINTS)
10. Hold a workshop on nonviolent conflict resolution methods (10 POINTS)
2. Recycle clothes. Donate them or use their fabric to make something else (1 POINT)
4. If you drive to school or work start taking the bus, riding your bike, or walking once a week instead (3 POINTS)
5. Talk to your family about starting Meatless Mondays at home (3 POINTS)
6. Learn how to reduce your plastic consumption (3 POINTS)
7. Plant a tree or flowers, but check local rules before you choose a spot (5 POINTS)
8. Grow a mini-garden (5 POINTS)
9. Reclaim your streets with the help of Depave (5 POINTS)
10. Start a ECO-UNESCO Club in your school or within your community (10 POINTS)
1. Register to vote! Check your country’s electoral guidelines for voting age and registration. Visit The Global Vote to participate symbolically in the elections of other countries and learn about the politics of those countries (1 POINT)
2. Buy a homeless person a meal or volunteer at a homeless shelter (3 POINTS)
3. Get your friends together and donate blood (3 POINTS)
4. Talk to residents at a local retirement home about peace and ask them what they feel are the greatest hindrances. With their permission share their thoughts on social media (3 POINTS)
5. Volunteer at your local animal shelter (5 POINTS)
6. Compile a list of local resources and hand them out to the homeless (5 POINTS)
7. Reach out and connect with refugees in your community (5 POINTS)
8. Organize a community dog wash and donate the proceeds to your local animal shelter or rescue (5 POINTS)
9. Set up a lemonade stand or a bake sale and donate the proceeds from your fundraiser to a local charity (10 POINTS)
10. Give a microloan to help borrowers start a business, get an education, access clean energy, and more! (10 POINTS)
11. Organize a community meeting (a town hall, camp meeting, or an after school assembly) to discuss an issue facing your community and strategize how to affect change (10 POINTS)