Fight for Peace was founded in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro in 2000, using boxing combined with personal development and education to provide an alternative to young people employed and armed by drug trafficking gangs.
Fight for Peace combines boxing and martial arts with education and personal development to realise the potential of young people in communities affected by crime, violence and social exclusion. We provide young people with the tools and support structures they need to become life champions and create positive futures for themselves. We support young people directly at our Academies in Rio de Janeiro and London, and via a global training programme, which equips partner organisations around the globe with the knowledge and resources to better support young people in their communities. Fight for Peace has over 150 partners worldwide, including 10 in South Africa.
We have developed an integrated and holistic Five Pillars methodology, giving young people all the support they need to become champions in life. Together with our theory of change we enable young people to take full advantage of the opportunities that are available to them through Fight for Peace’s holistic Five Pillars model.
- BOXING AND MARTIAL ARTS: These sports promote respect, discipline, self-control, feelings of belonging and self-esteem, and attract young people to join the programme.
- EDUCATION: Support and educational opportunities for young people who are outside formal learning environments or who have learning difficulties.
- EMPLOYABILITY: Access to the work market via training, vocational courses, and referrals to job opportunities through a network of partners in the private sector.
- SUPPORT SERVICES: A multidisciplinary social-support team provides services including individual mentoring, social, medical and legal referrals, home visits and community outreach.
- YOUTH LEADERSHIP: Development of youth leaders via Youth Councils who represent the organization externally and liaise with staff on strategy and programme development.
Fight for Peace will pilot and run the Safer Communities Programme in Cape Town which will use an approach known as Collective Impact to deliver youth violence prevention programmes via multiple cross-sector partners in a systemic and coordinated way.