Give Against Violence

Photo courtesy of cureviolence.org/the-interrupters/

Photo courtesy of cureviolence.org/the-interrupters/

This holiday season, consider a gift that works for a better world. There are many excellent organizations working hard to reduce violence in our neighborhoods, our cities and throughout our country. Here are three nonprofits that have brought more peace to the places we live.

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Brooklyn Youth Against Violence

Founder of the Kings Against Violence Initiative, Dr. Robert J. Gores, stands with his team.

Founder of the Kings Against Violence Initiative, Dr. Robert J. Gore, stands with his team.

Set against the backdrop of sadness, great debate and urgency, one group is taking bold action to stop gun violence among American youth — a fast-moving and poisonous trend. The Kings Against Violence Initiative (KAVI) based in Brooklyn is a hospital-based, school-based and community-based organization that provides young people with safe alternatives to interpersonal violence by empowering them with knowledge and activities that highlight their potential.

KAVI views the issue of interpersonal violence through a unique lens. Rather than positioning itself as an anti-gang program that condemns this aspect of communities around Brooklyn, KAVI understands that this is often a necessary association for many young people’s survival. Instead of combating or denying these negative truths directly, KAVI provides services at the point of impact to victims and works to create positive influences that sway youth towards a brighter, violence-free future.

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