Kids for Peace


There have been quite a few articles I have been reading lately that stated “bullying claimed the life of…..” Marlo Thomas recently posted one on the Huffington Post. And I just remember that night sitting there in disbelief, and wanting to do something to help. I remembered my friend Jodi Komitor from Next Generation Yoga telling me about an organization she was a part of, called Kids for Peace. She was nice enough to give me an introduction to one of their founders, Jill Mcmanigal. Kids for Peace is very similarly aligned with the things I have been personally trying to accomplish, that I was happy to join the organization.

You ever have one of those feelings where you just feel like you are exactly where you need to be? That is how I felt at my first Committee meeting with the Programs Committee discussing all of the great things that Kids for Peace has planned. On the forefront of their mind right now, is their Peace Pledge. 117 (60 kids) people are about to go to Washington D.C. to present the Peace Pledge to Congress.

This video below is a quick one minute video showing the Peace Pledge:

Can you just imagine if every day each of our kids woke up and said the Peace Pledge? Wow, it gives me chills to think about it. Who knows it could even stop the bullying epidemic, if kids just learned to be kind to each other “I pledge to use my words to speak in a kind way” would be so ingrained in their minds, this could actually stick with them through their lifetime.

Kids for Peace has something called a Peace Hero award. A Peace Hero is a well-recognized role model chosen by the Kids for Peace children. A Peace Hero lives by the words of the Peace Pledge. A Peace Hero contributes in a positive way and inspires us each to be our best self. A Peace Hero makes our world a better place.

Prior Peace Heroes have been:
2007 Frances Fisher

2008 Rob Machado

2009 Tony Hawk

2010 Jane Goodall

In 2011, the kids nominated Ellen Degeneres. They created this totally adorable video telling her why she is nominated.

Kids for Peace, would love to be able to have the children hand deliver the award to Ellen. It doesn’t need to be on the Ellen Show, It can even be in her dressing room, or the easiest place that the kids could take 15 minutes of her time to present the award to her.

So wanted to see if you could help me ? Help me reach out to Ellen. Help show Ellen that Kids for Peace is an organization that would love to honor her and be able to personally present the award to her.

Here is what I am looking for any of these items would be amazing:

1) Feel free to write your own blog post on this, after looking up Kids for Peace, and sharing how you hope Ellen can personally accept her Peace Hero award
2) Follow Kids for Peace on Twitter @kidsforpeace
3) Tweet to Ellen, here is a sample tweet, but you can tweet whatever you would like: @theellenshow will you please let @kidsforpeace personally deliver your #peacehero award #stopbullying
4) Share or email any other way you can :)

Here is a little more information on Kids for Peace:

Kids for Peace is a non profit organization that has grown to over 100 chapters worldwide with 17 chapters located in other countries. Kids for Peace also has a chapter in Australia and will soon have one in Greece. In all, there are about 2000 members worldwide.

Some other amazing things Kids for Peace has done:
Opened a Kids for Peace School in Kenya
Adopted an orphanage in Africa and provided beds for 100 orphans
Kids for Peace’s signature event, the Great Kindness Challenge, reached 69 countries this year
2 published books with artwork from the children explaining “What peace means to them” and “Children’s wishes for the world”
117 people (60 kids) are about to embark to Washington DC to present the Peace Pledge to Congress

One 14-year-old girl in Escondido, Calif., was motivated to start a chapter after her father and cousin were sent to prison for violence. She wanted to break the cycle of violence in her family and become a leader for peace.

Other young members are leading the way toward peace, too. “Everything we do comes from the children,” says Jill McManigal. “They say, ‘This is what we want to do to create peace.’ It’s not adults directing it.”

Kids for Peace also likes to makes friends with children in other countries by sending them “Peace-Packs.” These are hand-painted knapsacks filled with school supplies, toiletries, a toy, and a personal note of friendship.

You can learn more about Kids for Peace on their website www.kidsforpeaceglobal.org

Kids For Peace Pledge:
I pledge to use my words to speak in a kind way.
I pledge to help others as I go throughout my day.
I pledge to care for our earth with my healing heart and hands.
I pledge to respect people in each and every land.
I pledge to join together as we unite the big and small.
I pledge to do my part to create peace for one and all.

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