Eric Dawson is the President and Co-founder of Peace First
, a comprehensive peace and justice education program, that mobilizes hundreds young people to provide services to whole school communities, including students, families, and school staff. Inspired by his own experiences with violence during his childhood, Eric co-founded Peace Games in 1992 as an 18 year-old undergraduate at Harvard University. In the first year, he oversaw the growth of Peace Games from a one-day festival for children to share their vision of a peaceful world to a 10-week curriculum that prepares students for the Festival. Today, Peace First has reached 40,000 children and families in five states and is changing school cultures to value and teach the conflict resolution and peacemaking skills critical to create a safe learning environment.