What is a Peace Hero?

A Peace Hero is a well-recognized role model chosen by the Kids for Peace children. A Peace Hero lives by the words of our Peace Pledge. A Peace Hero contributes in a positive way and inspires us each to be our best self.
A Peace Hero makes our world a better place.

2016 Stedman Graham

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The children of Kids for Peace were overjoyed to present our “2015 Peace Hero Award” to Susan Sarandon.

Kids for Peace youth worldwide selected Ms. Sarandon as their Peace Hero in recognition of her being an exemplary role model in social activism, philanthropy, global service, and courageous peacemaking.

Susan lives by the words of our Peace Pledge and definitely makes our world a much better place.

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2015 Susan Sarandon

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The children of Kids for Peace were overjoyed to present our “2015 Peace Hero Award” to Susan Sarandon.

Kids for Peace youth worldwide selected Ms. Sarandon as their Peace Hero in recognition of her being an exemplary role model in social activism, philanthropy, global service, and courageous peacemaking.

Susan lives by the words of our Peace Pledge and definitely makes our world a much better place.

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2014 Ben Harper

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While Ben Harper is best known for his award winning musical talents on stage, he is a man who plays a larger than life role behind the scenes to champion human rights, and act compassionately to make peace possible. Our children were absolutely delighted to present the 2014 Peace Hero Award to the man who wrote and performed “With My Own Two Hands,” the song that was played at our very first Kids for Peace meeting and set in motion an avalanche of peacebuilding goodness. Mr. Harper embodies the essence of our Peace Pledge through his thoughtful songs about the state of humanity and culture, helping others, and always believing that one person can make a difference. His determination and perseverance have paid off as he continues to make the world a better place with his own two hands.

Mr. Harper, in his family’s legendary music store, accepted the award with humility, grace and humor. Upon receiving his trophy, Ben said, "It is so motivating and inspiring, that first of all an organization like this exists. And the fact that Kids for Peace would connect with what I do is a sign that what I am doing, and the way I am doing it, is somehow on the right path. I'll never forget today."

Congratulations Mr. Harper!

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2013 Morgan Spurlock

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While Morgan Spurlock is best known for his award winning documentaries, he is a man of many gifts. Our children were absolutely delighted to present the 2013 Peace Hero Award to the man who opened the public’s eyes to healthy, and not so healthy, eating habits. Mr. Spurlock embodies elements of the Peace Pledge through his thoughtful films about the state of humanity and culture. His passion for supporting locally grown, sustainable agriculture is a testament to ‘caring for our earth.’

Mr. Spurlock, with his young son by his side, accepted the award with dignity, humility and humor. He is proud to be a part of the Kids for Peace family!

Congratulations Mr. Spurlock!

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2011 Ellen DeGeneres

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The Kids for Peace youth selected Ellen DeGeneres, comedian, actress and philanthropist as 2011's Peace Hero. She was chosen for her efforts teaching social responsibility and modeling acts of kindness on her television show. She is a Peace Hero because of her tireless work supporting AIDS organizations, championing animal rights, spearheading a national anit-bullying movement, and her generosity and involvement with 30 other charities and social causes.

When Ellen learned that she earned the honor of this year's Peace Hero, she was thrilled. Her views on tolerance of all people perfectly align with the Kids for Peace message that kindness matters.

Congratulations, Ellen, and thank you for accepting the Peace Hero award. You are an inspiration to us all!

2010 Jane Goodall

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Dr. Goodall is a woman of grace, strength, conviction and pure beauty. Our children were absolutely delighted to present our 2010 Peace Hero Award to this glorious icon. Kids for Peace kids gathered in San Francisco from all over the world to honor Dr. Goodall in a very intimate ceremony led by the children.

Dr. Goodall mesmerized the children as she graciously accepted the Peace Hero trophy and said, “This is the most special award. It will sit very proudly next to some other special things.” She spoke for nearly thirty minutes about her transformative experiences and the importance of peace. A reverent hush was experienced by the kids as they listened and learned. They knew they were in the presence of greatness.

The ceremony ended with Dr. Goodall stating, “There is a special call the chimpanzees make at night tucked in their nests, when they’re happy and all is right in the world.” Dr. Goodall then mimicked the sweet and happy sound of the chimpanzees. The children joyfully answered the call with their own calls of happiness. Everything was definitely “right in the world!”

Congratulations Dr. Goodall!

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2009 Tony Hawk

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Kids for Peace was thrilled to present our 2009 Peace Hero Award to Tony Hawk. Hundreds of people gathered at the beautiful Quail Botanical Gardens in Encinitas to celebrate this joyous honor. The Kids for Peace children delighted Tony and the audience with a presentation which included our theme song, Peace Pledge and reasons why they chose Tony as their Peace Hero. Tony was acknowledged for being a great role model, for always getting back up whenever he takes a fall, for donating millions of dollars to charity, for building over 400 skateparks through his foundation, for making a career from his fun, for being a great dad, and for inspiring children to follow their dreams. After the ceremony, Tony tirelessly and generously gave autographs and photos. The children were overjoyed!! Tony Hawk is a first class Peace Hero!!

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2008 Rob Machado

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Throughout the festivities, Rob’s warmth, kindness and caring ways were evident as he graciously received his award. We are thrilled to have named Rob as our 2008 Peace Hero. Congratulations Rob!!

Mr. Harper, in his family’s legendary music store, accepted the award with humility, grace and humor. Upon receiving his trophy, Ben said, "It is so motivating and inspiring, that first of all an organization like this exists. And the fact that Kids for Peace would connect with what I do is a sign that what I am doing, and the way I am doing it, is somehow on the right path. I'll never forget today."

It truly was a magical day! Thank you to everyone who participated.

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2007 Frances Fisher

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Frances Fisher, the acclaimed actress with a long and respected career in stage, screen, and television, received our first annual Peace Hero Award. Frances may be best known for her role as Rose’s mother in Titanic, but to our kids, she is known for her big heart and dedication to creating a world of peace, respect and sustainability.

Frances was presented her award at our Walk for Peace on the International Day of Peace. Following an inspiring 3K walk through the park and a performance by several dynamic youth groups, Hana Craft dedicated the song "Beautiful" to Frances before handing her the Peace Hero trophy. We couldn’t think of a better recipient of our very first Peace Hero!!

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2016 Stedman Graham
2015 Susan Sarandon
2014 Ben Harper
2013 Morgan Spurlock
2011 Ellen DeGeneres
2010 Jane Goodall
2009 Tony Hawk
2008 Rob Machado
2007 Frances Fisher
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