Nonviolence: Continuing the Work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
At the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence we work every day to spread Dr. Martin Luther King’s message of nonviolence and to keep the movement alive. We have all been busy these past few weeks doing all sorts of nonviolence programming, community building, and sustained engagement with youth and adults. Half of the Corps work inside the building to create and run programs that are enjoying much success. Our employment services Corps members have helped 10 of our clients get jobs in the community so far, one of our Corps member has made significant progress in the creation of a GED program set to start in the new year, and our building has enjoyed continued participation of youth through the gym, computer skills lab, barber shop, breakdancing, and Game Zone. The other half of our Corps members are placed in schools and libraries in Providence and Central Falls where they work to support youth in class, do nonviolence training/programs, and serve as mentors. The arts, mentoring programs, and ELOs they have started at the schools and libraries are well underway and engaging students across RI. In addition, we are in the middle of our Training of Trainers, a 30 hour certification program that trains community members to lead Nonviolence workshops and trainings. We hope to continue working diligently to spread the message of nonviolence, love, respect, and responsibility to our community that Dr. Martin Luther King taught in order to reduce the violence in our streets.