Everything I believe about food, I learned from a five-year-old.

NoneEverything I believe about food, I learned from a five-year-old. It was her lesson, twenty years ago, that gave birth to our food justice campaigns.

In the early days of Peace4Kids, we were only a garden -- the 99th Street Elementary School Peace Garden. I was in my early 20s and a very strict vegan. This caused friction with many of our youth’s parents and caregivers because at all of our program activities, we allowed only plant-based foods to be served. When the children questioned this, I would explain about the food ecosystems and the impact meat has on our health, as well as the environment. As a result, they began requesting plant-based diets at home. This led to nightly calls from angry caregivers during dinner time. The complaint was always the same, “You made these kids not want meat?! Then you need to come over here and feed them.”

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Nourishing the Seeds

Nourishing The Seeds

Foster care creates a rich yet tough soil where youth must learn to advocate for themselves in order to survive. Through community nourishment, youth gain the power to transform the landscape of their journey. This is the beautiful challenge of the work of Peace4Kids.

 

 

 

 

 

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Discover the Possibilities

Discover the Possibilities

Imagine having your deepest and darkest secrets being shared with strangers before you even meet them. Now imagine having to rely on these strangers to help you navigate the trials of life. Your past becomes your present and determines your future. The trauma(s) become your identity.

For our youth, these traumas live in the case files that are exchanged from social worker to social worker and foster home to foster home. One young man recently asked, “How can they see my possibilities if all they ever heard about are my struggles?

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My Voice Matters

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In honor of Mother’s Day, and our 20-year anniversary, Peace4Kids co-founder Marni Otway shares how she found the courage to use her voice to expand the Peace4Kids model to New Zealand.


I met Zaid 20 years ago and was immediately drawn in by the power of his voice. When he spoke, people listened intently. His confidence and relatability were undeniable. He seemed to be comfortable with all types of people and could engage with them on a deeply personal level. He was everything that I wished I could be. He became my confidante, my partner and my guide. It was this relationship that led to the creation of Peace4Kids and it was the youth that inspired me to expand to New Zealand. 

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From Suffering to Storytelling: An Art Exhibit Celebrating National Foster Care Month

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An Invitation from Miriam Cortez

Peace4Kids Program Coordinator

Saturday, May 19th | 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Showcasing original artwork in honor of National Foster Care month.

Back Umbrella Tattoo Gallery

12951 Main Street

Garden Grove, CA 92840

RSVP on Facebook or send an email letting us know you're coming!

 

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I Am Present

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A 20 Year Reflection from our Co-founder and Executive Director Zaid Gayle

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At Sunday’s Family Dinner, we encouraged our Teens and mentors to share a time in their life when they felt stuck. When they knew that their mind was holding them back, but also trying to tell them something profound.  They were asked to share that feeling with someone close to them and to come up with an “I am” statement that reflected the change they were looking to make - an affirmation that would help them transcend their current state. For the past 20 years, mine has been “I am present.”

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A Home for Heroes

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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.

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❆ New Year Inspiration ❆

issac.jpgAt Peace4Kids we’ve had a very busy and productive year.

Each day, our youth inspire us to be more present and aware of the gifts they bring to the world – and in the process, teach us to recognize our greatest selves.

In honor of this holiday season, it is our privilege to share an example of these gifts through a short story of 6 yr old Peace4Kids member Derrick.


 

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🎄 Holiday Party 2017

Much love to everyone that made our Holiday Party a HUGE success! Huge shout out to our youth - our Super Heroes - who continue to bless the world with their truth and light! 

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The P4K Way

Miriam_Portrait_Smile2.jpgOn the last day of National Foster Care Month, discover what makes the Peace4Kids' formula for success so unique and valuable for youth in foster care.

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