Mission, Values, and Why We Exist

Our Work


Generations For Peace USA engages children, youth, and adults in experiential learning, inclusive dialogue, and collaborative action to transform their communities into places of safety and belonging for all.

Our approach prioritizes community agency and youth leadership, drawing from our global experience working with 20,000+ volunteers in 52 countries worldwide.


We believe in the growth of peaceful societies through:

  • Youth Leadership: Youth play a vital role in leading social change and transforming conflict in their communities;

  • Community Agency: Working at the grassroots, supporting youth to build on local strengths helps communities transform into tolerant, peaceful societies;

  • Active Tolerance: Peace is a process driven by active understanding, dialogue, and positive engagement with others, founded on trust and respect;

  • Civic Responsibility: Social change begins with personal responsibility and is sustained when people are actively engaged in creating the shared future of their community.

Why We Exist

Division and violence have a tremendous cost, which is avoidable. People in the United States are seeking a way out of division and cycles of violence.

There is a historic opportunity and demand to overcome divides and work together on issues affecting our lives and communities.

We believe Generations For Peace’s global model – which has been used by more than 20,000 people in 52 countries around the world – can help reduce these issues of division and violence in the United States by bringing people together to bridge divides, strengthen communities, and build peace.