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Power of Peace Supports Both the Victim and the Bully

The Power of Peace Initiative Inc is a Non-Profit organization committed to redirecting at-risk youth and reducing crime and violence, self-harm, incarceration, overdose, and dropout rates, by inspiring young people to discover and develop their untapped power and potential.

Leading with Empathy

This story from “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” is one that has always stuck with me and reminds me of the importance of understanding someone else’s perspective and experience: Then suddenly, a man and his children entered the subway car. The children were...

POST WRITTEN BY Monica Thakrar

For the last few years, mindfulness has been getting a lot of attention and press. According to Jon Kabat-Zinn, a leading thinker in the field, mindfulness is about "Paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally." It is...


Anyone who's held the same job or position for a number of years may encounter the sinking feeling of burnout. You no longer feel the passion for the job you're in, and you crave something new and exciting. Moving on and pursuing a new position, even a new career...

Real Stories from the Front Lines

The day that Frank arrived, he went to chow at the usual time. When he returned, he realized that somebody had stolen all his store goods out of his box– this is a very big deal, especially when you are new to a prison.

Our Real Identity

In this African tribe, when someone does something harmful, they take the person to the center of the village where the whole tribe comes and surrounds them.

Walking with the Wounded

The nation has been in an uproar over the killing of a young black man named Michael Brown by a white officer named Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, just outside of East St. Louis. The country rioted over the Rodney King beating in Los Angeles almost twenty five years ago, and then our nation was divided once again …

Miracles in the Land of Mandela

I’m stepping off the plane in Johannesburg, South Africa, half way around the world. I’m looking for a small, young Indian man named Raj. We’ve never met, nor even talked, but he is my connection and I have no plan B. He knows what I look like, but that’s about it….

Building Bridges

Right now the Power of Peace Project has convicts from Michigan, Georgia and California writing letters of encouragement and support to prisoners in a Mexican prison– challenging them to be peacemakers. In turn those inmates in Mexico are writing letters back…

Unlikely Ambassadors of Peace

Yesterday when I was at Hays State Prison I found out that one of our Power of Peace guys spent the week in the hole (segregation unit). His spirits were high and he said he wrote the 40 Days of Peace steps on the wall in that dark cell:

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