At the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, we have long recognized powerful, innovative leaders working in their own communities to end violence and build peace.

By strengthening and convening these individuals, we learn together how to develop powerful new approaches to end cycles of violence, while advancing that learning locally and globally.

PeaceMakers can be young, old, a man, a woman, can be formally recognized as a leader or have no formal authority. They can emerge from anywhere in society – government, the private sector, civil society, or none of these. What they all have in common is that they have stepped up to engage on difficult issues in their communities in order to create real, positive change.

Read below about our programs with Emerging PeaceMakers, Women PeaceMakers, and San Diego PeaceMakers.