Peace Child International (PCI) was founded in 1982 with the goal of empowering young people (13-30) to inform themselves about the world's most challenging problems, and then take action to address them. All PCI's activities seek to harness the energy, creativity, skills and idealism of youth to solve the world's most pressing problems. This is done through trainings, publications, congresses, festivals and different editions of the Peace Child musical. Its Head Office in the UK is run by 10 young people supervised by two youth workers and a Financial Manager. From there, our international youth staff have managed PCI's 33 World and Regional Youth Congresses, which explore the question: “What is the most effective role for youth in sustainable development?”
In its 30 years, PCI has worked closely with the UN and its agencies in over 180 countries to support youth to end conflict, to work towards environmental sustainability and target youth unemployment. PCI organised the first US-Soviet Youth Cultural exchange in 1986. It organised youth from 180+ countries to write and edit, design and illustrate 36 books and educational materials on key problems relating to human rights, the environment and sustainability. Combined, they have sold over a million copies and been translated into 23 languages. PCI has also worked on conflict transformation in inner cities, Central America, South Africa, Ireland and the Middle East. PCI is also well known for its thought leadership in peer training, peer mediation, listening skills and the concept of youth-led development.