22 years of building connections with youth in foster care
There are many noble and inspired efforts offering comfort in this difficult time.
The unfortunate truth, for many marginalized communities, the lingering effects of this crisis will persist long after quarantine ends.
Peace4Kids is a trusted intermediary and ally for youth who frequently do not receive equitable support. In creating a community where their insight is valued, we recognize that people with a lived foster care experience have learned to emerge from crisis while living in a shroud of uncertainty about the present and future. Many skillfully adapt with pathways to personal restoration and create a global impact. As a society, in conjunction with mitigating the difficulties of their circumstances, we must collectively honor their journey by lifting up their narratives of resilience, learning from their insights, and supporting them as they lead us into the future.
"IT TAKES A VILLAGE" - BUT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THAT VILLAGE DOESN'T EXIST?
22 years ago, we set out to answer that question
Founded on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi’s principles of non-violence, Peace4Kids inspires to build a supportive community for youth in foster care in South Los Angeles.
We weren’t preachers or teachers. Instead, our early years were spent listening and discovering. Tired from hiding in the shadows, our youth were ready to share the strengths gained from their unique experiences and trauma. Honoring their journey helped signal their importance and value in the community. With this profound insight, “Community as Family” emerged and continues to shape how we engage today.
Peace4Kids' mission is to create a safe space for youth to navigate past trauma and embrace a future that builds on individual and collective strengths. Faced early on with tough experiences, our youth show resilience, strength and empathy - and offer daily teachable moments.
Our "Village" grows organically: engaged youth, committed volunteers and community leaders all contributing to shared success. Through consistency, trust and deep vulnerability, we've formed life-long relationships.
In 2019, here's how...
Youth in foster care benefit from a supportive community that nurtures their gifts
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What makes a Super Hero?
Heroes are born when the world they once knew tragically falls apart. This moment inspires an unexpected pursuit of greatness as they must find the light to guide them through the darkness.
Thinking back to the story of the great super heroes, we're reminded of the experience of our youth. Often feeling isolated and alone, society teaches them that their experiences make them “at risk.” Everyday interactions in our community perpetuate this isolation with the most common phrases like, “take this home to your parents” or “what time is your mom picking you up?” Our young folks are forced to move through life trying to overcome the public's perception of “who they are.”
If you look deeper into Super Hero stories, there's an even more surprising connection…
All of these heroes were youth in foster care!
⚡️Batman is raised by his Butler [non-relative caregiver]
⚡️Superman is taken in by a family in Kansas [adoption]
⚡️Storm is brought to a home for mutant children [group home]
To overcome public perceptions, youth in foster care must be super human.
Peace4Kids is a safe space for youth to honor the pain of their past and learn to embrace a future that builds on individual and collective strengths. A home for heroes.
Our youth have received awards from the White House, built innovative structures and been named to Time Magazine’s “Most Influential People Under 30.”
Join our Heroes Circle today – Your recurring gift will support a young person's future
Our Heroes Circle funds programming to serve young adults ages 18 – 25. We've learned that these years are the most critical time for the youth in our community. Suddenly the foster care system that once shielded them, thrusts them into a world that is unforgiving to their journey.
By stepping into our Heroes Circle with a monthly donation, you'll build a sustainable future for youth transitioning out of foster care. 100% of your donation funds strength based, youth focused programming in South LA - honoring each youth’s unique needs, experiences, abilities and legacy. In return, you'll:
⚡️Be invited to exclusive events
⚡️Receive a limited edition 20 Year Anniversary t-shirt
⚡️Be inspired by stories of resilience, strength and promise from our Peace4Kids family
⚡️#SeeTheHero in our youth, because the truth is, that’s who they are.