Join Us for

Thursday, May 9, 2024
7-8 pm PT

Together, Let’s Create 100 Peaceful Playgrounds!

For close to 25 years, Soul Shoppe has been shifting elementary school cultures by providing programs that foster student leadership through empathy, respect and peacemaking skills. To date, Soul Shoppe has reached close to 800,000 students!

Picture This

Imagine — the sounds of a peaceful playground.

Imagine — the faces of kids having fun and playing full out.

Imagine — a playground where every kid belongs.

You’re Cordially Invited

On May 9th, we’ll honor The 2023-24 Peacemaker Programs and Student Peacemakers, the remarkable young leaders who are transforming their playgrounds into havens of peace, safety and joy. 

Through our awards and fundraising event, we’re extending our reach with this transformative initiative to provide Peace Paths to 100 new schools. Schools across the country have let us know they want Peacemakers on their campus but don’t have the resources — sponsoring a school’s Peace Path removes that barrier!

Stories from the Playground

Kids coming to my office has decreased dramatically! They’re able to solve their own problems with the help of the Peacemakers. It’s a huge improvement here — minor things are resolved before coming to the office.

— Nick Casey

Students know they can find a Peacemaker to get support when problems arise. Peacemakers has helped prevent problems coming back into the classroom. The program has given us common language across grade levels.

— Kimberly Valentino

I’ve seen Soul Shoppe change us and it’s changed me. Through Peacemakers, I hope for a more peaceful future for all of us and for generations to come.

— Stephanie Martinez
Program Director
of Student Services

Peacemakers has helped me in my personal life and in school to teach me to be patient and kind to others. One thing I love about being a Peacemaker is that it teaches me how to forgive.

— Mila Stella, 4th Grade
Student Peacemaker

Be a Part of the
Peace Path

Let’s pave the way for a generation of Peacemakers and ensure that every child has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive in an atmosphere of safety and peace.

Together, we can make the dream of a Peace Path on every playground a reality. Join us in building a brighter, more peaceful future for our youth!

During This 1-Hour Event, You Will

  • Learn powerful lessons from student Peacemakers
  • Listen to how student Peacemakers are creating safety on campus
  • Be inspired by the power of empathy, compassion and resilience
  • Celebrate the good work done on a daily basis on school campuses
  • Contribute to our vision of peace on every playground

Soul Shoppe’s 2024
Peacemaker Recipients

We work with amazing school communities, all worthy of celebration. For 2024, we’re highlighting the following schools for their outstanding commitment to peace.

Administrator of the Year

Principal Paulette Smith

James Madison Elementary • San Leandro, CA

Paulette’s dedication, teamwork and devotion to her students’ success has been an inspiration to all of us at Soul Shoppe for a very long time. We’ave been especially moved by the way she’s gone even farther above and beyond for her Student Peacemakers this year and watching them shine. Beautifully done! 

Peacemaker Trainer of the Year

Yutonya Carter, Nicole McDaniel, Dr. Cathy Chan

Suisun Elementary • Suisun City, CA

The dedication and teamwork this team has devoted to their Peacemakers has been outstanding since the beginning of their first year in our PMTC program and they have continued to grow and blossom. Now in their second year, the Suisun team leads the way with innovation, wisdom and skillfully coordinated success.

Student Peacemaker Team of the Year

The Student Peacemakers

George Gervin Prep Academy • Phoenix, AZ

We’ve been incredibly impressed by how well the Student Peacemaker Team has done right off the bat and by the innovative ways they have debuted the program, honoring the whole school community at their red carpet event! Come see how amazing these Peacemakers are.

More Stories from the Playground

One of our biggest joys is having our older students work with younger grades. We love seeing our older students become leaders of the school. We love the set up and that the fun training stations are easy to follow.

— Cindy Ann

I love the Peacemaker program because it allows students to get along with each other. I see a big difference out on the playground. They’re patient with everyone. It’s a wonderful program. 

— Ms. Adams

It’s been magical to see them out on the playground being amazing Peacemakers. Our suggestion box is a place that Peacemakers use if they have a question.

— Nicole Grashton

Being a Peacemaker makes me confident because other students trust me. I use the “I Message” to solve my problems as well. It’s helped me express feelings. I feel like a responsible person; I feel like a teacher. 

— Ben, 3rd Grade
Student Peacemaker

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