Azim Khamisa

Azim photoAn award winning author, peace activist and inspirational speaker became a social activist after his son Tariq was senselessly murdered by a 14-year-old gang member in 1995. Out of unspeakable grief and despair, Azim was inspired to transform his loss through the miraculous power of forgiveness. Believing that there were victims at both ends of the gun, Azim founded the Tariq Khamisa Foundation (TKF) to break the cycle of youth violence by saving lives, teaching peace and planting seeds of hope for their future.

Over the past 18 years, Azim’s programs have been established as the most successful youth violence prevention and intervention programs in the country (and a model for the world) with recidivism rates nearly 300% more effective than the U.S. juvenile justice system at 10% of the average national cost of youth incarceration.


TKF's Key Messages

  1. Violence is real and hurts everyone.
  2. Actions have consequences.
  3. You can make good nonviolent choices.
  4. You can work toward forgiveness as opposed to seeking revenge or getting even.
  5. Everyone deserves to be loved and treated well.
  6. From conflict, love and unity are possible.

The 5 Building Blocks to a Peaceful World: A Peacemaking and Problem Solving Program for Young Children adapts TKF’s 6 Key Messages to meet the needs of our youngest learners. It is a peace generating and violence prevention program that is solution-oriented. 

Elements of The 5 Building Blocks to a Peaceful World

1. Emotional Literacy

  • Understanding Basic Human Needs
  • Understanding Our Limitations and Gifts
  • Recognizing and Identifying Emotions in Self and Others
  • Handling Anger
  • Coping with Challenges

2. Making Connections with Others and the World Around Us

  • Community Building
  • Social Skills
  • Cooperation vs. competition, Sharing
  • Friendship
  • Alike and Different

3. Conflict Management and Responsible Decision Making

  • Conflict Escalator
  • Bullying and Hurtful Words
  • Responsible Decision Making
  • Problem Solving for a Win-Win Solution
  • Mediation or Negotiation for a Peaceful Solution
  • Apologizing and Forgiving

4. Caring and Effective Communication

  • Listening
  • Honesty
  • Mean vs. Strong Words: Assertiveness, I-Messages
  • Empathy
  • Point of View

5. Cultural Competence and Social Responsibility

  • Community Service and Peacemaking
  • Prejudice in Thoughts, Actions, Words
  • Gender Roles
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Individual Diversity
  • Respect for Others

The pilot program will begin Fall 2014. If you are interested in learning more about this program, becoming a pilot program location, helping with our research efforts, or supporting us in any way, please contact us.  We’d love to hear from you!