The Advancement Project


Urban Peace is Now a Separate Nonprofit!

The Advancement Project Board of Directors announced on August 1, 2015 that the Urban Peace program, is now a separate entity that is currently being incubated by Community Partners but on its way to becoming its own stand-alone nonprofit organization called the Urban Peace Institute

Since our founding in 1999, Advancement Project has served as a laboratory for civil rights, developing new theories of social change and then building the models and strategies to test those theories. The development of the Urban Peace program is among our most successful models, and we celebrate that the program is now ready to become its own organization!
Following the events in Ferguson and many more across the country, there is a growing call for action to transform the way police interact with communities of color and to strengthen the movement to achieve safety and peace for all. Urban Peace Institute – with its expertise and impact in the fields of relationship-based policing, violence intervention, and policy advocacy – is a necessary part of the national conversation.
Learn more about Urban Peace Institute at and follow their work on Facebook and @UrbanPeaceInst.

Urban Peace at Advancement Project
The Urban Peace program’s goal was to reduce and prevent community violence, making neighborhoods safer so that children can learn, families can thrive, and communities can prosper. Started in 2006, and while housed at Advancement Project, Urban Peace innovated several responses to critical public safety issues:

  • The Comprehensive Violence Reduction Strategy (CVRS) applied a public health approach to understand the underlying reasons for violence and create innovative, holistic ways to change the conditions that lead to them. Click on the graphic to see the root conditions, key elements, and guiding principles of the CVRS model. Click here to read about how the CVRS worked in Los Angeles.

  • Development of the 1st in the nation Urban Peace Academy, which provided a rigorous training program for frontline community intervention workers and law enforcement that sets professional standards for this dangerous work. As of July 2015, more than 2,400 gang interventionists and 600 law enforcement officers were trained through the Academy, making Los Angeles’ streets, schools, and neighborhoods safer.

  • Helped to transform the L.A. Police Department’s culture as they learned about and began to embrace relationship-based policing.
  • The Community Safety Partnership (CSP) is a unique collaboration convened by Advancement Project between community members, the L.A. Police Department, and the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, which has increased safety and built trust in the South Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts. The CSP now serves as a model for public housing across the country.

  • Urban Peace provided technical assistance to more than 20 communities throughout California and across the country to support safety efforts through placed-based initiatives. Learn more about the model by clicking here.

  • Urban Peace convened an unprecedented partnership of advocates, researchers, and Los Angeles County’s Probation Department to examine current data practices and the path of representative youth through the Probation system, and developed a comprehensive set of recommendations to improve youth outcomes. Click here to read the report.


Stay in touch with Urban Peace Institute at and follow their work on Facebook and @UrbanPeaceInst.


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