PRINCIPLES

THE POWER OF PEACE PROJECT

Over the past decade Kit has taken the Power of Peace Project into very dangerous institutions, having worked in over one hundred prisons, jails, detention centers, and rehab facilities with over ten thousand inmates and residents. He has also taken his powerful peace projects into many schools and churches all over the country, working with thousands of students and young adults. These are the seven Power of Peace Principles that Kit created and utilizes in his various peace initiatives, as well as community outreach events. With our nation more divided than many of us have seen in our lifetime, this process is more relevant and important than ever before. If you are experiencing conflict or disunity in your business, school, church, or on your team, these steps are the solution to begin to work toward nonviolent reconciliation. Kit’s POPP curriculum is founded in timeless and universal laws and principles, and utilizes teachings from iconic world peacemakers. Kit brings together rivals, and teaches them how to work together and use their influence for peace. Kit’s POPP system has seen reduction in violence as high as fifty percent in some of the prisons he’s worked in, and has literally brought together some of the most dangerous gangs in some of the toughest prisons imaginable. If he can bring Crips and Bloods together, imagine what the Power of Peace could do for your organization or institution. Book Kit today!

 

Principle #1

Seek first to understand your opponent

Principle #2

Find common ground with your adversary

Principle #3

Walk a mile in your enemies shoes before you judge

Principle #4

Practice active listening and pause before responding

Principle #5

Practice compassionate communication and use your influence for peace

Principle #6

When wrong promptly admit it and quickly make amends

Principle #7

Treat your enemy with dignity and respect especially when you disagree

PROGRAMS

The Twelve Attitude Science Principles

Kit created and developed Attitude Science as the model and platform from which he teaches. With high energy and humor, Kit delivers powerful life lessons teaching from CBT principles, and the study of psychology, brain science, and physics. Attitude Science cuts across cultural and socioeconomic barriers, and has been proven effective in various industries, including corporations, schools, prisons, athletics, and addiction/recovery. ATT SCI brings out potential and uncovers innate gifts; it unclutters the mind and brings focus and clarity; it raises up leaders and forges unity among team members; it increases the efficiency and productivity of organizations; it helps individuals and teams COME ALIVE… It’s all about the “Physics of Performance.”

Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.

Principle #1

What I seek is seeking me.

Principle #2
I find what I look for.
Principle #3
I find what I believe I deserve.
Principle #4
I find that which is like myself.
Principle #5
My thoughts become things.
Principle #6
My words create my world.
Principle #7
My moods are magnetic.
Principle #8
What I focus on expands.
Principle #9
What I resist persists.
Principle #10
Passion resides in my unique gift.
Principle #11
Joy often hides in my pain.
Principle #12
All that I need I already possess.

CONTACT

THE POWER OF PEACE PROJECT

Following in the footsteps of world-renowned activists and civic & global leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr, Nelson Mandela, Gandhi and other influential leaders, the Power of Peace Project, Inc. is a registered 501c3 organization that is committed to redirecting our at-risk youth, reducing the overall incidence of youth crime in America, rehabilitating young inmates, lowering academic dropout rates, and inspiring young people to discover and develop the untapped power and potential within all of us. It is an ideal, put into action in the form of a peace movement that has begun to take roots and spread. Simply put, POPP interrupts and redirects young people who are on a perilous course and sets them firmly on the pathway to extraordinary dreams.

The Power of Peace movement, inspired by the Project, is spreading to schools across the nation, and the 40 Days of Peace series is bringing dramatic changes to this generation of young people. Together, we are beginning to remove the shame and stigma that comes to the families of the addicted and incarcerated, and show that these young men and women can change and prepare to become productive citizens.

The Power of Peace Project was founded in 2010 by our organization’s president Kit Cummings, as he began to carry the message of peace, hope and change into the most difficult places in America– prisons.   As Kit spoke to more and more inmates, momentum began to build in penitentiaries across the country. Behaviors began to change, and many of the men that society had left behind and essentially given up on, had rediscovered their personal power and humanity.   Some of the toughest prisoners began to strive to become a positive example for their kids and younger brothers. With prison inmates desperately needing a purpose and at-risk young people needing positive role models – the unlikeliest group of individuals heeded the call to action and stepped up to make a change. Administrators, educators, wardens, and officers were all amazed at what was taking place. Peace began to take hold and spread.

On January 18th, 2011, twelve men at a dangerous maximum security prison signed a “Peace Pledge” and set out to see if they could live in peace with the men in Georgia’s toughest prison. 40 Days of Peace, that happened to begin on the 25th anniversary of MLK Day, would continue for the following forty days in that Georgia prison, and peace began to spread throughout the facility– to everyone’s amazement – and even beyond.

Those twelve men chronicled their success, struggles, and failures. Bold men, some of whom are former gang members serving life sentences. They had unknowingly started a national Peace Movement that would continue to spread to many other state prisons and schools across America. The “Seven Step Peace Pledge” that they committed to and the transformation that followed is the subject of Kit Cummings’ second book Forty Days to Peace and subsequent work 40 Days to Freedom. Then 40 Days of Prayer was created to connect the link in wounded communities between schools, prisons, and churches. These men have shown in their commitment to peace, even in the most hostile of environments that Dr. King’s Dream lives on – and that light shines brightest in the darkness.

As those men began to practice a lifestyle of non-violence, other men began to watch and become curious. Word spread throughout the compounds, and inmates began to talk about 40 Days of Peace. Instead of being labeled as “weak”, these men gained a new kind of respect among the prison population. A peace movement had begun, one that these men in their commitment to non-violence toward each other had created, and the prison administration and staff began to take note.

Since that first peace pledge, the POPP has gone to prisons and schools in the U.S., South Africa, Honduras, Mexico, Ukraine, and is now headed for Guatemala.

The Power of Peace Project has now expanded into a community development project which includes a student development program, anti-bullying campaigns in alternative high schools; a media company; corporate motivational programs; along with empowerment activities and organizational conflict resolution programming in wounded communities. The latest development is an explosive peace movement that has emerged in the Michigan and Ohio Dept. of Corrections where well over two thousand inmates have committed to peace and to become role models – not only to inmates across the country – but to a young generation that is losing its way. Kansas, Ohio, Georgia, Arkansas, Florida, and Nebraska have followed the Muskegon model and the peace movement is now developing powerful momentum in prisons, juvenile correctional facilities, and schools as well. Whether someone is a tough kid from an inner city school, or a college-prep kid living in the suburbs, it no longer matters – this is not a rich or poor, black, white or Hispanic issue– because believing in the power of peace is a common bond that we all share – and now with POPP, we are collectively putting that belief into action.

POPP Founder Kit Cummings has authored four books, including the award-winning Peace Behind the Wire: a Nonviolent Resolution. He hosts of Power of Peace Radio, and his latest release Protect the Dream takes young people on a forty-day journey of Character and Leadership Development. POPP is turning “Rivals into Role models.”

BIOGRAPHY

Kit Cummings
Award-Winning Author, Speaker, Coach

In 2010, Kit founded the Power of Peace Project. Using the experience he gained resolving conflict in some of the most dangerous areas in the world, he applies his principles to bring about change in prisons, schools, corporations, and the faith-based community. On MLK Day 2020, Kit was recognized by the NAACP receiving their Martin Luther King, Jr. Living the Dream Award for his contribution to civil rights, and his work with at-risk youth and prison reform. He was also appointed to the Georgia House of Representatives Committee on Youth Gangs and Violence in 2019, as part of Governor Kemp’s initiative to reform prisons and eliminate youth gang violence.

Kit has journeyed on tours through Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America, and has negotiated peace between some of the most notorious gangs inside the U.S. prison system. He delivered an address about his powerful peace projects at the 2012 Gandhi Global Peace Summit in Durban, South Africa to representatives from the Gandhi, King, and Mandela families, as well as other iconic peacemakers from around the world, including the special assistant to the Dalai Lama. Kit took his Forty Days to Freedom program into La Mesa prison in Tijuana, Mexico to work with men who are striving to be free, as well as working with addicts and at-risk youth in some of the toughest areas of that war-torn border city. Kit has planted seeds of peace all around the world.

Kit has authored five books, including the award-winning Peace Behind the Wire, a Nonviolent Resolution which has been endorsed by the King Family, and he also launched Power of Peace Radio. Kit’s latest release Protect the Dream takes young people on a journey of character and leadership development designed to teach kids to dream big dreams and protect those dreams at all costs. The Power of Peace Project raises up much-needed positive role models in our schools and communities. What’s next? Kit has now launched his POPP Community Peace Initiative in Selma, Alabama as he carries on Dr. King’s Dream in that iconic and historic civil rights city. So, the question is:
Are you ready for the Power of Peace?