In 1998, Zaid Gayle and Marni Otway founded Peace4Kids as part of a nationwide campaign to promote peace. The students at 99th Street Elementary School invited Marni and Zaid to create a garden with them to have a peaceful environment at school. Through gardening, the students learned about the cycle of life and the principles of nonviolence while discovering their strengths and gifts in the process. Now, Peace4Kids focuses on creating a safe community where youth in foster care thrive, so that their discoveries and strengths can be shared for collective healing.
“Community as Family” provides consistency, stability, and trust to people of all ages with lived experience in foster care.
To create a safe community where youth in foster care thrive and form lasting connections.
Realizing "Community as Family" requires...
- Youth feeling part of safe and secure communities.
- Youth having greater access to mental health supports and services.
- Improved self and social awareness.
- Greater social and emotional competence.
- Optimistic thinking.
- Stable and trusting relationships with caregivers, adults and peers.
Leading to improved well-being, increased agency and goal-directed behavior.
We provide integrated programs and personalized navigation services for children, youth, and adults with lived foster care experience as well as training, tools and resources for those supporting them.