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Nonviolence Legacy Project

A Kingian Nonviolence Program Affiliated with the Culture of Peace Alliance

520-991-6781 ♦ nvlp@cultureofpeacealliance.org

The Nonviolence Legacy Project (NVLP) began in the fall of 2008 with an original goal of creating a youth-led, adult-supported nonviolence training and direct action team for Tucson. A multi-generational team of certified youth and adult trainers are now available to provide a range of nonviolence training programs and community presentations in both Tucson and Phoenix. High school-age youth are certified to present ten modules/lessons about Kingian Nonviolence.

Nonviolence Training Programs in Tucson

  • 1-day & 2-day Multi-Generational Introduction to Kingian Nonviolence program (open to middle school & high school students and adults of all ages);offered 3-4 times throughout the year in various locations throughout the Tucson community.
  • 1-day or 1/2-day Youth Introduction to Kingian Nonviolence program (open to middle school and high school age youth); offered by special arrangement for schools, faith-based institutions and other youth-serving groups. Presented by NVLP's certified youth crew.
  • Advanced Youth Nonviolence Institute– an 8 – 10 day Training of Trainers (TOT) for youth, ages 12 – 19 years. The Youth TOT is generally offered once a year in June or July.

Community Presentations for Schools & Other Youth-Serving Organizations

  • Can vary in length of time and focus to fit the needs of the specific classroom, school, or agency.
  • These presentations are generally provided by members of our certified Youth Nonviolence Training Crew, with support from adult trainers.
  • Topics covered in these youth-focused presentations include:
    • Types & Levels of Conflict: how to recognize what type of conflict is happening and ways to reduce the intensity of the conflict and bring it back to a normal level.
    • Six Principles of Kingian Nonviolence – Dr. King's philosophy of nonviolence as a way of life.
    • Six Steps of Kingian Nonviolence – how to deal with a conflict and bring about social change.
    • Rosa Parks & the Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955) – understanding this important civil rights campaign.
    • The Children's March & Birmingham (1963) – Using a video produced by Teaching Tolerance to highlight the important role played by youth in bringing about change in one of the most violent and segregated cities in America.
    • “What Is Your Life's Blueprint” Using a speech by Dr. King to a group of of Junior High students to inspire youth to outline a blueprint for their life and encourage them to reach their highest potential.

Special Events: The Nonviolence Legacy Project also organizes and produces special youth-focused, peace building events such as: Children, Youth & Art activities at the annual Tucson Peace Fair & Music Festival (last Saturday in February at Reid Park);Hip Hop Peace Summit, with workshops and performances highlighting the essential elements of Hip Hop as a peace movement (conducted May 21, 2011). NVLP took a leading role in organizing the first Youth & Peace Conference, which is now an independent program affiliated with COPA

Costs: Fees charged for various training programs or community presentations vary according to different factors (e.g. length of training or age of participants). All fees are considered donations. Partial work exchange scholarships are also available. When available grant funding allows for some free training programs. In-kind products or services (e.g., copying, meeting space, supplies, food) can sometimes be accepted in lieu of or in addition to payment. Donations are always welcome (checks addressed to COPA or use the JustGive button on COPA's home page).

National Kingian Nonviolence Network: The Tucson-based Nonviolence Legacy Project and the Phoenix Nonviolence TruthForce are both linked with a loosely organized network of Kingian Nonviolence programs and centers across the US and in several other countries. These programs are connected with civil rights pioneer Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr., who was National Program Administrator for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. These programs are dedicated to realizing Dr. King's dream of a nonviolent, just, and compassionate society where everyone can reach their highest potential, what Dr. King called the Beloved Community. Collectively, we are committed to carrying out Dr. King's final instructions to Dr. Lafayette on the morning of King's assassination – that the next movement must be to instituitionalize and internationalize nonviolence.

For information & to make arrangements for community presentations, please contact:

In Tucson:

In Phoenix:

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