Peer-to-Peer empowers university students to prevent hate- and school-based violence through the development and deployment of dynamic products, tools, and initiatives that produce measurable results.

The McCain Institute hosts the Peer-to-Peer: Protective Project. a national competition where university teams work with a faculty advisor to develop and implement an initiative, product, or tool designed to reduce hate- and school-based violence. Each team receives a $1,000 budget to produce a real project with measurable results. The McCain Institute selects the top three teams to participate in a final competition with the opportunity to win awards up to $5,000.

In partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Paris, the McCain Institute will launch D’ÉGAL À ÉGAL: CRÉATION D’UN MESSAGE CONTRE LA HAINE in February 2021. Four university teams throughout France will compete to create impactful initiatives, products, or tools to combat hate within their communities.



“P2P is a perfect example of how doing something real that requires risk and effort, seeing the real impact and power you can have, is one of the best ways to truly make a difference and has been life-changing.” – P2P student participant


P2P Impact: Violence Prevention at Scale


The Peer-to-Peer: Protective Project builds off an existing P2P program model that has become a truly amazing approach to crowdsource hyper-local prevention strategies and represents community-based problem-solving at its best. Students participating in the P2P program have implemented over 700 campaigns on close to 400 different universities in 76 countries and 40 U.S. states reaching over 300 million people through social media alone and earning over 650 local, regional, national and international pieces of press. Almost 10,000 students have participated in P2P bringing their unique, tech-savvy approach to the issues of hate and violence becoming leaders, influencers, ambassadors, entrepreneurs, and more.



In previous iterations, the P2P program has received financial as well as in-kind support from federal interagency partners including the Department of State, the Department of Defense, the National Counterterrorism Center, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice as well as private sector support from Facebook. Individual university teams have also enlisted the support of their academic institutions, government agencies and departments, local law enforcement, civil society, non-governmental organizations, faith-based groups, and educational partners from K-12 institutions.

Fall 2020 Finalists

Spring 2020 Finalists