What to expect

group of students innovating togetherHave your idea but not sure how to make it a reality? Want to make a difference but not sure where to start? You are a perfect candidate for the Peace Innovators program!

By participating in the program, you will engage in learning workshops to give you the tools your Innovation Plan needs to succeed. Participants can expect to spend a minimum of 40 hours building and implementing your plan over the year. These 40 hours will not be evenly divided over the year. As you are applying, think about where your busy times are: when do exams usually take place? Are you involved in any extra-curricular activities? Map out your other commitments to help set you up for success.

The program's timeline


A kick-off retreat to learn about implementing peace ideas in your school

You receive $250 to kick-start your Innovation Plan for the year


Mentorship from an in-school mentor and The Ripple Effect Education (TREE)

Mid-year meeting with peers working for peace


A showcase to highlight your accomplishments among peers and mentors!

An additional $250 personal scholarship upon successful completion of the program

Students are responsible for arranging travel to/from the kick-off retreat and final showcase in Waterloo, Ontario. We encourage students to arrange for their own travel. If travel costs would prohibit a student’s participation, financial support will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Katie Gingerich-Mentor

Katie Gingerich, Director of The Ripple Effect EducationKatie Gingerich is the Director of The Ripple Effect Education (TREE). Throughout the Peace Innovators Program, Katie will provide students with mentorship via in-person meetings and Skype calls. As a local social entrepreneur building peace, Katie has a wealth of experience ready to share with students who are eager to build peace in their communities.