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Forsythe among 50 finalists for Peace First

Scott Forsythe’s many projects to help children and teens with dyslexia have earned him special recognition.

He was selected as a top 50 finalist for the Peace First Prize, which recognizes students for peacemaking work.

Forsythe, 16, founded Dyslexic Kids, which offers information, support and resources for children and teens with dyslexia.

“We define ‘peacemaking’ a little differently than most,” said Sara Cofrin, grants manager for Peace First. “We thought Scott’s projects working with dyslexic kids really demonstrated his peacemaking efforts to find the resources his community needed.”

In the coming weeks, Peace First will select 10 winners, each of whom will receive a $50,000 fellowship as well as mentoring and coaching to help take his or her project to the next level, Cofrin said.

Forsythe said he knows exactly what he’d do with that money: Take Dyslexic Kids nationwide.

“That’s pretty easy,” he said. “There’s 50 states and $50,000, so I’d divide it up evenly. That way, no matter where you live in the country, kids could have access to Dyslexic Kids.”