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California Peace Prize

Honorees

The California Wellness Foundation is proud to present its 2009 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.

Brian King

As co-founder and chief executive officer of Fresno Street Saints, Brian King has come a long way from his days as a gang member and drug dealer in Chicago. Fresno Street Saints, a faith-based organization that seeks to restore southwest Fresno as a safe and healthy community, provides support to at-risk youth and their families with gang prevention and intervention programs that offer educational enrichment, youth employment training, grief counseling and family leadership development.

Phalen Lim

Escaping genocide, disease and starvation in Cambodia and Thailand, Phalen Lim started her new life in Santa Ana, California. Lim and her family sought help from The Cambodian Family (TCF), an agency that provides health, employment and youth services to the refugee and immigrant community of Orange County. Originally a client, she then became a volunteer and is now a youth program director for TCF, working primarily with Cambodian and Latino youth.

Olis Simmons

Olis Simmons has devoted her career to developing systems and programs that foster community wellness. Drawing on 20 years of policy, program and research experience, Simmons helped found Youth UpRising (YU) and serves as its executive director. YU is a youth leadership development center that serves young people (ages 13 to 24) from Alameda County’s lowest-income communities.


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.

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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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