Runway 4 Peace, Inc is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded July 2012 to bridge the gap between aspiring models, ages 5-18, and their dream while honoring victims of homicide at our annual Runway 4 Peace Fashion Show.
Although we now serve both boys and girls, our organization is known for our signature program called W.E.R.K! A Women's Empowerment Runway Klass created to teach the fundamentals of uplifting, self-love, and great confidence through modeling.
DeNika Turner-Stephens, born in Compton, CA, was inspired by Tyra Banks and Naomi Campbell to become a super runway model when she grew up. Motivated by the lack of opportunity for aspiring models in her community and rejections faced at auditions, DeNika was eager to create a free platform for kids to WERK towards their dream.
After her niece survived being a victim of gun violence at the age of 10, DeNika wanted to dedicate an annual event to restore peace, hope, and unity. The Compton community is no stranger to violence and is why hundreds of attendees gather each year to support the cause and dreams of the youth.
To build self-esteem through runway modeling to empower youth to confidently engage and excel, socially and academically.
To inspire the world to walk towards a safe and confident tomorrow by practicing self-care and peaceful engagements.