The YMCA Peace Medallion is intended to recognize the achievements of individuals and groups in the local communities who--without any special resources ­– demonstrate in their lives and activities the values expressed in the World Alliance of YMCAs’ 1981 Statement of Peace, which states (in part):

Peace has many dimensions.  It is not only a state of relationships among nations.  We cannot expect to live in a world of peace if we are unable to live in peace with those close to us—even those who differ from us.”

“The responsibility for peace begins with each person, in relationship with family and friends, and extends to community life and national activities…”