Eric Dawson

Co-Founder and President, Peace First

Eric Dawson is co-founder and president of Peace First, an organization he helped launch at age 18. Over the past 20 years, working in areas as diverse as Los Angeles, Johannesburg, and Colombia, Peace First has built a track record of reducing violence and promoting youth social-emotional learning by building the long-term capacity of schools to teach basic skills of peacemaking. Peace First also launched the Peace First Prize, modeled as a Nobel Peace Prize for young people, to celebrate youth peacemaking. Dawson got his professional start directing a summer camp in Boston’s public housing complexes and organizing around disability awareness. He is an Ashoka, Echoing Green, and Pop!Tech fellow.

Videos/Audio of Eric Dawson

Violence is a product of the culture of the United States. 160,000 kids miss school every day because they’re scared to... See more
In 2012, youth under the age of 24 represented 40 percent of all arrests for violent crimes nationwide. In order to... See more