Peace Prize


The North Carolina Peace Corps Association’s Peace Prize recognizes a non-profit agency in the Tarheel state which promotes peace and cross-cultural understanding and shares the “helping others to help themselves” ideology of the Peace  Corps. Our $1,000 cash prize can make a big difference to a small non-profit!

The winner also receives a commemorative Peace Prize vase which is handcrafted in Seagrove, North Carolina.

The winner of the 2018 Peace Prize is…

Learning Outside

Learning Outside, of Carrboro, offers hands-on outdoor learning programs that provide children with what they really need: time spent outdoors learning, exploring and discovering in the natural world.

The non-profit organization gives children experiences in the outdoors that enhance their lives and learning, and that instill in them a love of the natural world and a lifelong commitment to stewardship. Serving individuals who do not have access to quality outdoor learning experiences is key to Learning Outside’s mission.

© Wendy B. Banning

© Wendy B. Banning

The February 25th Peace Prize ceremony was a resounding success and an inspiring celebration. On our official YouTube channel, you can find Gene Nichol’s keynote address and Wendy Banning’s acceptance speech, as Co-founder and Director of Learning outside. Additionally, you can view and download the text of Gene Nichol’s speech here.











Past Winners:

In 1996, the Director of Latin American Affairs at the Carter Center, Bob Pastor, presented the first annual Peace Prize to Student Action with Farmworkers.