Accelerator Youth Team Facilitator

Job Type

Full Time




Details: This is a $15/hour contract position.



Start Date


Application Deadline



United States


Organizational Overview


Founded 25 years ago, Peace First is an international nonprofit organization that exists to create the next generation of peacemakers. We believe passionately that young people are natural problem solvers and that by unleashing their moral imaginations we can create a youth-led movement to counter the culture of violence that affects us all. We believe in the power of all young people to change the world through peacemaking - not someday in the future - right now. To this end, we invest in their ability to see themselves today as leaders and to maximize their capacity to solve some of society's most pressing problems.


Since our founding, Peace First has developed a best-in-class curriculum to teach young people the skills of courage, compassion, and collaborative leadership and apply them to the injustices they find in the world. This classroom curriculum is now open-source and available online via our Digital Activity Center, and it has been used by educators in all 50 states and more than 90 countries around the world. In 2013, we continued to build on our belief in the power of young people by launching the national Peace First Prize, a sort of Nobel Peace Prize, along with a two-year fellowship for young people who exemplify the positive impact that young peacemakers can create in the world. Over the past three years, the Prize has generated over 120 million media impressions, thousands of nominations and applications, and awarded over 20 fellowships to a group of extraordinary young exemplars.  

Peace First is now focused on creating a global movement of young people (ages 13-25) to counteract the culture of violence, intolerance, and hatred that plagues too many communities around the world. Called the Peace First Challenge, this project combines the use of media and on-the-ground partnerships to recruit young people from around the world to a digital platform that provides critical resources and connections that move young people from experiences to ideas to actions. With the goal of true culture change top of mind, we aim to have at least 100,000 young people registered and engaged with this peacemaking work within the next two years. Not only will thousands of young people develop the skills and lifelong commitment for peaceful social change, but we will source and share powerful solutions from those closest to the problem.

Contract Opportunity

Peace First has partnered with Centene, a managed care organization, to shine a light on innovative solutions around community injustices related to health and wellness through a one-day Accelerator event as part of its Strong Youth Strong Communities event to be held November 9, 2018 through November 11, 2018 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH.  

The core of the Accelerator will be composed of five (5) teams of young people from around the country who successfully completed the Peace First Challenge. The Peace First Challenge is a global call-to-action to all young people, ages 13-25, to join a community of peacemakers dedicated to finding compassionate solutions to the world’s problems. Youth who accept the Peace First Challenge are invited to develop their own peacemaking project to address an injustice they care about. Peace First supports youth by providing tools, access to funding, and sharing their stories and impact with the world.

The culmination of the Challenge is an Accelerator session designed to support teams with compelling community solutions to take their plans to the next level. Teams invited to attend the Accelerator are interested in deepening their ideas for community transformation. Caring and engaged adults will join these young people, including content experts who will offer coaching and mentorship to accelerate each team’s ideas. Educators, philanthropists, and policy-makers will be on hand to engage, share and learn. Through Accelerator activities, teams will be prepared to deliver a presentation that outlines their vision and plan for youth-led community transformation, including key steps of their project with budget and implementation timeline. The Accelerator will conclude with each team sharing this vision and plan in a Project Showcase to qualify for project grants of at least $500 per team.

We envision the Accelerator becoming the premiere gathering of young people who are changing the world through innovation and compassion with solutions grounded in health and wellness. Together, attendees will inspire each other to be their most courageous and collaborative selves, while creating lasting connections to drive real change.

Each Peace First Challenge team of three (3) young people will have a Team Facilitator responsible for overall project management of the group, ensuring the team keeps on track to meet deliverables and goals. Team Facilitators will lead introductory and team building exercises, manage the team’s overall schedule, and lead the group in activities to create the three Accelerator products (i.e., pitch presentation, visual display, and project plan). This is the “go-to” person for each teamduring the Accelerator.While teamprojectswill address a number of issues, Team Facilitators need not bring specific content expertise.  

Key Skills and Experience

We understand that there are many paths to acquiring experience and therefore welcome those from diverse and nontraditional backgrounds who have demonstrated equivalent transferable skills to carry out the contract’s major deliverables.

Specifically, we are looking for those with:

●     Knowledge, passion, and experience supporting youth leadership

●     Instant, authentic rapport with young people from diverse backgrounds 

●     Strong organizational skills and project management skills

●     Exceptional facilitative skills

●     Ability to process and integrate diverse information at a high speed and move a team to action

●     Strong emotional intelligence

●     A positive, optimistic, problem-solving mindset

●     Instinct to lead with empathy and inquiry

●     Ability to be flexible, efficient, and diplomatic with diverse constituent groups

●     Believes in and leads with Peace First’s core values of courage, compassion, and collaboration

All members of our team, regardless of role, should have these qualities and experience:

●     Commitment to contributing to an overall organizational culture that is inquisitive, youth-centered, caring, and fun

●     Commitment to supporting young people as they change the world for the better through peacemaking

●     Proficiency in Google Drive, Docs, Gmail, etc. and Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Other Requirements


Must complete a successful background check. Must be able to be in Canton, Ohio on November 8, 2018 through November 9, 2018 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Time Commitment:

●     October 22 - November 7: Material review calls with Peace First Accelerator Team

●     November 8, 3:00pm - 8:00pm: Pre-Accelerator gathering for in-person meet-and-greet and final Accelerator preparation

●     November 9, 7:00am – 8:00pm: Accelerator Day

●     Post-Accelerator: Debrief and evaluation

Level of Language Proficiency

Written and spoken fluency in English. 

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

To be considered for this contract opportunity, please send your credentials and letter of interest to by October 12, 2018. Questions should be directed to this email address, as well.Attach files as Word or PDF documents, and include “Accelerator Facilitator” in the subject line of your email.