Peace Builder Youth Awards

Peace Builder Youth Awards

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WHO: Young people are doing spectacular things every day right in their own communities – their school, their church, their neighborhood – or even taking action that impacts the greater national or world community around them.  We want to uplift and recognize young people who express a desire to make the world a better, more peaceful place.  Whether an individual or a team, we want to show these young people that their efforts are valued, and encourage them to continue taking action that will positively impact their world.  These are people who have a vision and a plan of action that changes the world around them.  This is what the Peace Builder Award will recognize.
  • The number of awards will be determined by the Selection Committee, a subset of the Peace Coalition.
  • Due to the broad range and possibilities of activities/actions, there are no subcategories of awards; although such things as the mediums of art, poetry, dance, theater, conflict resolution, and community service all qualify.
  • All nominees will be recognized at a Peace Builder Youth Award Celebration held at Rockford University on November 6th at 5:00 pm.  Nominators, nominees and parents are guests at the Celebration.
  • The 2019 Peace Builder Youth Award recipient will be announced at the Celebration.
  • Winners and nominees will be featured on the
Nominee Criteria:
  • Nominee/s must reside within Winnebago County
  • Nominee/s must be under the age of 21
  • Nominee/s project must be completed between Sept. 1. 2018 – August 31, 2019


I believe that we must and we can Build the Peace Every Day.

Every Person, in Every Family, School, Community, City and Country.

I believe that my own thoughts, words and actions make a difference.

Therefore from this day forward I commit myself to the United Nations Culture of Peace Pledge: Respect all life; Reject violence; Share with others; Listen to understand; Preserve the planet and Rediscover Solidarity.

We must and we can build a “beloved community.”


  • 1. What was the purpose of the project? Include the role of the nominee(s) in the project.
  • INCLUDE AT LEAST 5 PHOTOS that show your nominee/group in action along with this nomination form. Email photos to: or These photos will be used to make a video of all nominees at the Peace Builder Youth Award celebration on November 6 (5:00pm) at Rockford University.
  • DEADLINE: Submit nominations online at or email to, no later than 5 p.m. on October 4, 2019 . Questions - Call Lois Lutz at 815-621-7742. or to gmail address above. If you prefer you may (USPS)mail the application to: Peace Builder Youth Award, Puri Family YMCA, 1475 S. Perryville Road, Rockford, IL, 61108.