62% of $1,000,000 goal
As Peace First’s CEO emeritus and Co-Founder Eric Dawson begins his next chapter and gives way for new leaders to shepherd the organization into its next phase, we have built a fund in Eric’s name that honors his commitment to young people’s leadership and helps ensure Peace First is financially secure as a post-founder organization. There is perhaps no more meaningful way to honor Eric’s deep commitment to Peace First and his strongly held belief in the power of young people than to help set up the next executive leaders for success. Our goal is to raise $1,000,000 through the Founders’ Fund.
Eric recognized that for Peace First to realize its global, youth-led potential, new leadership representing diverse perspectives was required and he made the decision to step down from Peace First in June 2022. After a months-long search, led by Peace First’s Board of Directors Isaac Cudjoe was selected as the Co-CEO- of Storytelling and Fundraising, and Xochilt Exue Hernandez Leiva was selected as the Co-CEO of Program and Technology. Isaac and Xochilt surfaced from hundreds of applicants as strong individual candidates, but it is their chemistry together that gave the Peace First Search Committee and Board of Directors the confidence and faith in their ability to lead Peace First.
Peace First's Impact to Date:
Since 2017, Peace First has undertaken a deliberate strategy to accelerate our reach and impact across the globe:
As a result, Peace First is able to serve young people better and faster. Our community is more accessible than it ever has been before: