Del. Student Among 4 Other 'Peace First' Award Recipients
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Delaware student is one of five winners of the second annual Peace First Prize from the national nonprofit group, “Peace First.”
12-year-old Imani Henry, of Wilmington, Del., was awarded a 2-year, $25,000 fellowship for peacemaking in her community at a press conference Monday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
The Peace First Prize is a national award recognizing youth peacemakers, ages 8-22, who are leaders focused on making lasting social change in their communities, according to Peace First.
“We have been teaching peacemaking in schools for 20 years and know first-hand that young people can make a real difference in their communities. The Peace First Prize is our way of celebrating youth peacemaking in action,” stated Eric D. Dawson, President and co-founder of Peace First. “We are proud to recognize our extraordinary Prize winners and are excited for them to join our growing number of young peacemakers and to invest in them as national peace leaders.”
Peace First says Henry's organization, 100 Men Reading, fills a need for non-traditional literacy programs for young children who are struggling with reading.
The other five winners include Amit Dodani, 16 of West Hills, Ca., Eli Erlik, 19 of Claremont, Ca., Matthew Kaplan, 17 of Phoenix, Az., and Amanda Matos, 22 of Bronx, NY. Peace First says the five winners were selected as 2014 Peace First Fellows because through their compassion, courage and ability to collaborate with others, they have been the driving force behind positive changes in their communities.
The nonprofit group says the Peace First Prize celebrates young people's achievements and shares their work with the nation.
“I commend these extraordinary young people who are doing great work and making a real difference in their schools and communities. They inspire hope in all of us,” U.S. Secretary of Education of Arne Duncan said. “As we can see from Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner, efforts to lead social change can begin at any age. The work of these students has far-reaching effects. Through their service to others, they are not only changing their schools and communities, they are helping to change this nation and the world.”