‘Peace is not the absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.’
Media Coverage of our impact in Los Angeles
Former Gang Members | LAPD Officers | Community Activists
Urban Challenges due to Violence
Degradation of Public Health
An exposure to violence directly leads to drug abuse, depression, anxiety, aggression and other mental health issues thereby affecting individuals, families, communities and cities.
Deterrent to Business and Trade
An increase in crime and violence reduces the number of active business establishments, and directly affects associated profit margins and employment opportunities.
Compromise to Livability
An increase in violence jeopardizes safety and security, affecting retention and sustainability of human and material resources. Cities that are non-inclusive and unsafe tend to have lower standards of living.
Cities4Peace is a global initiative of the International Association for Human Values (IAHV) that strives to promote PEACE and reduce violence in cities worldwide.
and Social Wellbeing of change-makers within the city
Strengthen Social Connectedness between city officials and community
Design Peace Solutions to elevate Happiness Quotient of city residents
Way of Change
01. Engage Community Stakeholders
02. Build a Shared Vision for Community Upliftment & Transformation
03. Develop Mindful Leaders and a Sense of Ownership
04. Enable Partnerships and Innovative Solutions to Promote Peace
Our Peace Programs
Our programs create, for the first time ever, the much needed personal transformation upon which city officials, law enforcement agencies and community activists come together and devise customized plans to mitigate violence and promote sustainable PEACE.
SKY Mindful Leadership
Customized Leadership Training Program, typically taught in three or four consecutive half-day sessions based on breathing and meditation techniques that:
- Elevate mental clarity
- Enhance self-awareness
- Increase social connectedness
- Develop greater trust
Nonviolence Ambassador Certification
Graduates of the SKY Mindful Leadership training can participate in a “Train the Trainer” program that enables them to become stronger advocates of nonviolence who can train others in the practice of nonviolence in the community. The training duration is customized depending on the situational needs.
Agents of Change
Schools & Educational Institutions
Impact of Our Programs
George Mason University School of Conflict Analysis & Resolution undertook an independent research evaluation of our most recent program in Los Angeles. Here is a brief summary of the impact that our program had on participants:
Deepened understanding of and commitment towards nonviolence
Learned profound tool-kit of meditation techniques and wisdom for enabling transformation on a daily basis.
Improved leadership capacity to promote compassion and nonviolence within the community
- Increased Energy and Happiness 82% 82%
- Ability To Stay Focused 91% 91%
- Enhanced Clarity of Mind 96% 96%
- Remaining Calm in Challenging Situations 91% 91%
- Ease of Social Connection 87% 87%
- Increased Effectiveness in both Personal & Professional Life 84% 84%
“Police officers have a stressful job. The SKY breathing exercises will help them de-stress and build stronger community relations”
“We carry a heavy load when we do community intervention work ...and the breathing and meditation tools have helped to lighten that load 100%”
“In the workshop, I interacted with law enforcement in a way that I would not have done normally. This allowed me to see them as human beings.”
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