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California Peace Prize

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The California Wellness Foundation is proud to present its 2008 California Peace Prize honorees. Each receives a cash award of $25,000 as an acknowledgment of their commitment to prevent violence and promote peace in their communities.

Kismet Evans

Kismet Evans' personal history with drug abuse, incarceration, and homelessness inspires her to provide support and guidance to youth and their families.

Orlando Ramos

Orlando Ramos brings the power of education and his personal experience to inspire hope among at-risk students.

Billie Weiss

Billie Weiss conducts pioneering public-health research that helps community-based organizations become more effective in preventing violence.


How to Apply to the Advancing Wellness Grants Program

  1. Click on How To Apply.
  2. Review the instructions for completing the online letter of interest.
  3. Click “Start a New LOI” to create an account and complete the LOI. All applicants new to the Cal Wellness Grants Portal must create a password-protected account before completing the LOI.

Our Mission

To protect and improve the health and wellness of the people of California by increasing access to health care, quality education, good jobs, healthy environments and safe neighborhoods.


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