As an emerging non-profit offering peace education primarily to secondary schools, RISE of Peace Inc. ("RISE") is pursuing a broad and ambitious Mission. RISE submits that each educated person brings the world closer to peaceful solutions to violent events. RISE seeks to leverage its resources by encouraging schools, organizations and other entities to support, participate in and encourage the RISE Mission: of peaceful solutions as an alternative to violence
Recognition and Awards
RISE of Peace Award:
As an increasing number of political, religious or philosophical groups try to influence young people to use violence to convey their message, RISE seeks to deflect and discourage these efforts through education. As a nation that enjoys many freedoms worth protecting, RISE believes that education at the high school level can help guide younger citizens away from these threats.
RISE stands ready to expand its reach and share our message with more schools and young people. Last year, RISE sought to do this through a PEACE BUILDING essay contest. We asked over 250 high schools, nationally, to participate in this competition, inviting youth to imagine a future where peace education and non-violent skills shape our society.
Thanks to a grant from "Goldman Sachs Gives," this award was created in 2017, to promote peace education in secondary schools. In 2018, RISE created the National Peace Education Award which includes two monetary prizes, presented in 2019. One was for the student with the winning essay and the other was for the faculty member who taught and guided that student. The award was $5,000 for the student author and $1,000 for the supervising teacher.
The Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High distinguished itself by providing an academic environment that led to this award. Our RISE Advisors, professors at four different colleges, have concurred that the winning essay reflects the student’s perception of peace as an alternative to violence.
Professor Whitney Howarth of Plymouth University presented student Lisa Hanimov, and faculty member Eve Ikeler, as the recipients the “RISE of Peace® 2018 National Peace Education Award. ” This award coupled with a separate recognition of the Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High was be presented at the Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High School in North Miami, FL on May 22, 2019.
El-Hibri Peace Education Award
In 2017, RISE Advisor Leo Sandy, Professor Emeritus at Keene State College, was nominated for the 2017 El-Hibri Peace Education Prize.
This nomination was a resounding acknowledgement of RISE's standing in peace education. Professor Sandy's collective achievements demonstrating his efforts in building inclusive and socially-just communities in the U.S. For RISE, this nomination reaffirms our service and commitment to the principles of peace, justice, and inclusion.