In 2018, there were over 25,000 violent crimes (including murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault) reported in Los Angeles. Over 70% of these incidents were reported in South Los Angeles, thus creating huge stress on local residents and the police department.
In April – June 2019, we brought together LAPD officers, former gang members and community members for an 8 week Nonviolence Ambassador Certification training program. During the training, we built the capacity of the participants to promote nonviolence and Rethink Peace in South LA.
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.”