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LA County

Context

In 2019, the LA County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a motion to officially establish the Office of Violence Prevention (OVP) within the Department of Public Health (DPH). OVP’s mission is to improve coordination and support existing efforts across the county to prevent multiple forms of violence, through a renewed focus on prevention, and to ensure that strategies are both responsive to the community needs and trauma-informed.

Our Work

The LA County Office of Violence Prevention (OVP) sponsored a unique peacebuilding methodology developed by Cities4Peace (an initiative of the Art of Living Foundation and the International Association for Human Values) to empower community change-makers from across LA County to enhance their mental wellbeing and build their leadership capacity to develop innovative ways to promote peace and social harmony in their communities.

From March to June of 2022, the Cities4Peace team customized and delivered a two-step intervention. In the first step, nearly 40 community stakeholders were trained in an introduction to our SKY Mindful Leadership curriculum. The session provided participants with an understanding of our unique theory of change, as well as breath and meditation exercises to experience healing and transformation.

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The LA County Office of Violence Prevention (OVP) sponsored a unique peacebuilding methodology developed by Cities4Peace (an initiative of the Art of Living Foundation and the International Association for Human Values) to empower community change-makers from across LA County to enhance their mental wellbeing and build their leadership capacity to develop innovative ways to promote peace and social harmony in their communities.

From March to June of 2022, the Cities4Peace team customized and delivered a two-step intervention. In the first step, nearly 40 community stakeholders were trained in an introduction to our SKY Mindful Leadership curriculum. The session provided participants with an understanding of our unique theory of change, as well as breath and meditation exercises to experience healing and transformation.

From this introductory session, 20 participants, including OVP staff and community intervention workers (CIW’s), were then selected to attend the full SKY Mindful Leadership workshop, which provided them with a deeper experience. The SKY Mindful Leadership training program consisted of IAHV’s evidence-based breath and meditation practices to develop inner resilience and improve mental wellbeing.

In addition, through interactive discussions and group processes, the program enabled participants to develop systems thinking and build trusted networks. Each participant was subsequently inspired to create and deliver a service project that would further promote peace and social harmony, and make a positive difference to at least 50 individuals using the wisdom that they gained during the training.

Participant Testimonials

Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s guidance to the graduates.

Research & Analytics

An anonymous post-training survey was given to the program participants to evaluate their experience. Below are some charts to show their feedback of the program:

Get Involved

In order to scale up the impact of our work, we are seeking like-minded partners from academia, civil society, and businesses, including LA County business leaders. If you would like to know more or get involved, please email us at mandar.apte@iahv.org

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Cities4Peace is an Initiative of the International Association for Human Values