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YMCA Peace Week

November 18 – 25, 2017*

YMCA Peace Week celebrates the presence of peace in our local and global communities. Throughout the Week, YMCAs across the country promote ways we can build peace, and highlight the peace-building work that happens all year round, both inside and outside the YMCA.

The Y is dedicated to building healthy communities – and peace is fundamental to strong, happy and healthy communities.

What does the YMCA do for Peace Week? Check out highlights from 2015's celebrations:

*Find out what’s happening in your community, including activity and event dates, times and locations.


What is peace?

More than the absence of violence and conflict, peace is the presence of conditions like fairness, inclusion, empathy, security, and respect for diversity. Peace is also the ongoing work of building and rebuilding these conditions.


PEACE it Forward

If you’ve received the coin pictured here, you’re now a part of the PEACE it Forward challenge! You have 24 hours to carry out a peaceful act (for a person, a group or a cause). Once you complete the challenge, give your coin to the person you acted for or pass it along to anyone you’d like.

Need some ideas on how to act for peace? Offer help to someone who needs assistance, speak up when someone is being mistreated, or check out more ideas below.

Don’t forget to share your #actforpeace or someone else’s on Twitter during #ymcapeaceweek and beyond. Let’s see how far the coins and PEACE spreads!

What does PEACE mean?

What kinds of actions promote peace?

Recognizing Peacemakers

A highlight of the Week in many communities is the presentation of YMCA Peace Medals to individuals or groups who, without any special resources, demonstrate a commitment to the values of PEACE through special contributions made within their community - local, national or global.

To date, over 1,500 Peace Medallions have been presented to peacemakers across the country.


Join the conversation

Join us on Facebook and Twitter and tell us what peace means to you and how you act for peace daily. Share your #ymcapeaceweek experiences and keep the #actforpeace list growing.

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