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Kit Cummings and the Power of Peace Project

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 Gang Prevention and Intervention Commission as a result of the passing of the anti-gang bill HB750 under Chairman Rep. Carl Gilliard. The majority of Kit’s work now focuses on interrupting and redirecting under-served youth. Kit has been in over a hundred prisons, jails, detention centers, and rehab facilities and worked with over ten thousand prisoners and offenders. He has journeyed on tours through Africa, Asia, Eastern 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 Gandhi Global Peace Summit in Durban, South Africa to representatives from the Gandhi, King, and Mandela organizations, as well as other iconic peacemakers from around the world. Kit has taken his Forty Days to Freedom program into dangerous La Mesa prison in Tijuana, Mexico to teach prisoners nonviolence, as well as working with addicts and at-risk youth in some of the toughest areas of that cartel war-torn border city. Kit has planted seeds of peace all around the world. Kit has authored six books, including the award-winning Peace Behind the Wire, a Nonviolent Resolution which has been endorsed by the King Family. His latest book, The New Convict Code, Bringing Peace to the Streets from Behind the Wire, flips the script on prison reform and aims to shatter the pipeline from schools to prisons. PowerofPeaceProject.com KitCummings.com
Kit Cummings and the Power of Peace Project
Kit Cummings and the Power of Peace Project4 hours ago
It has been a year and huge progress has been made with the boys at Eastman. Stay tuned for more info coming soon on the program surrounding the 7 POPP Anchors I created to promote change and transformation AND the major celebration these boys get to have on October 18th!

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#anchors #rewards #transformation #juvenile #DepartmentOfJuvenileJustice #eastman #consistency #Respect
Kit Cummings and the Power of Peace Project
Kit Cummings and the Power of Peace Project23 hours ago
Throwback to last year: DJJ embraces POPP programs; testimony inspires lawmakers' support. A HUGE update coming soon on the incredible progress that has been made with this program since last year.

What a tremendous time for the Power of Peace Project. Under a twelve-month agreement with the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), I'll be working in Georgia's toughest juvenile facility for the next year.

Commissioner Tyrone Oliver and members of the board of the DJJ voiced support for our "Reward over Punishment" principles when I presented before them recently, and I found support among members of a Georgia House panel during recent testimony as well. Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice

It’s time for a change. Click on the link below for the full story from the newsletter:

https://us19.campaign-archive.com/?u=fc06d9ccc1320a39393509827&id=a2bd286f19

#DepartmentOfJuvenileJustice #georgia #rewards #GeorgiaStateCapital #juvenile #facility #program #culturechange #eastman #tough #legislature #AJC #powerofpeace
Kit Cummings and the Power of Peace Project
Kit Cummings and the Power of Peace Project2 days ago
It has in fact paved the way back to health and happiness. You need only listen. Sometimes we have so much stress and chaos in our lives it's difficult to hear. Wisdom Wednesday has to do with our connecting to our inner-self.

#motivation #inspiration #success #life #today #time #work #self #dreams #hope #goals #lifegoals #speaker
Kit Cummings and the Power of Peace Project
Kit Cummings and the Power of Peace Project3 days ago
This is part of #3 of 7 POPP Principles: Walk a mile in your enemies shoes before you judge him. These seven Power of Peace Principles have become the foundation of the POPP movement and I talk about them and how they have worked in The New Convict Code.

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#WalkAMileInMyShoes #judge #seven #principles #thenewconvictcode #movement #powerofpeace
Kit Cummings and the Power of Peace Project
Kit Cummings and the Power of Peace Project4 days ago
Today let's visit the story Convict Poker at Angola, an excerpt from Laughter, Goosebumps and Tears. Would you be brave enough to be the last person at the red table - what motivates your bravery?

Kit has a diverse background to speak on many topics, has several interactive programs and travels to any destination. To hire Kit to speak at your corporate event, government organization, church or school, visit KitCummings.com.

#brave #rodeo #chargingbull #Angola #poker #motivation #prison #kitcummings #stripes #speaker #travel #transformation
Kit Cummings and the Power of Peace Project
Kit Cummings and the Power of Peace Project1 week ago
Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change. Let's look at things through a different lens today.

The first 6 principles of the Attitude Science Kit Developed in teaching his programs.

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.

Let's get connected on LinkedIn. Do you follow me there yet? Would love to be friends there too. https://www.linkedin.com/in/kit-cummings-6906608/

#Attitude #lens #science #thoughts #words #kitcummings #beliefSystem #bethechange

TESTIMONIALS

“The new convict code is a brilliant & unique book that starts by empowering men & women from the toughest prisons, jails, detention centers & rehab facilities to bring about peace from behind the razor wires! I’ve known Kit since 1996 where he studied the Bible with me, he was always a man of faith, conviction and honest passion. THIS is the man CNN, FOX, etc. need to have on to speak about real peace solutions. His 10,000 hours helping to turn around the prison industrial complex is evident on every page. A must read for those dealing race, violence, and addiction issues!”
Speech Thomas

Grammy Award-Winning Rapper, Arrested Development

“Your truth, your experiences, and the awareness that the skin you are in has provided a privilege not afforded to all of us is a catalyst for conversation.  A conversation that you are well equipped to turn into ACTION.  That is what is needed for a time such as this.  Even if people are unaware of your work and the trust that you have earned from all demographics, your genuine spirit is evident in every word.  I know that having you in the fight will help to open hearts and minds, cultivate understanding, and bring people together.  Thank you for your work!”
Joyette M. Holmes

District Attorney, Cobb Judicial Circuit

“These are troubling times we are living in, and keeping a cool head and calm demeanor in all situations is important to our Brain Trust members, all CEOs of Atlanta area companies. Handling conflict is now more important than ever before not only in our companies but in our personal lives as well. Kit Cummings spoke to our membership on this topic of conflict resolution and presented his 7 steps to achieving success. The feedback from our CEO membership was outstanding. I give Kit my highest possible recommendation, and please feel free to contact me to answer any questions you might have.”

Tom Cramer

Founder and Chairman, The Brain Trust

“Kit is intriguing, motivational, and meaningful. He got the KSU basketball team, my staff, and myself to see the light during a very dark time. He is thought-provoking, caring, and charismatic. The connection he has with his audience is bang on! Kit is life-changing, as he always keeps his eye on the ball and stays focused on the message at hand. Pure Inspiration! He’s a Game Changer!”

Agnus Berenato

Hall of Fame Basketball Coach, Kennesaw State University

“Kit Cummings provided the EPA with an outstanding motivational talk that included a range of situations and how to address conflicts. He provided us with engaging scenarios based on his personal experience. His teachings are applicable in many different areas because it comes down to good, simple concepts that include respect, compassion, commonality, and active listening. Thanks Kit!”

Barbara Alfano

Environmental Protection Agency

“Kit’s Protect the Dream program unleashes the leader within by teaching people that they can be agents of change and impact the world around them in a positive way!  Everyone has the power to protect their dreams and keep the hope for a better future. I have witnessed the fruit first hand and I am proud to be a sponsor and supporter of POPP!”

Wayne Dennard

Acworth Police Chief

“I first came to know Kit through his involvement in Douglas County Schools where I served as Superintendent. I was impressed with his dynamic motivational speaking and his ability to reach and inspire people. Since my retirement in 2017, I have had the privilege of introducing POPP to numerous high school principals and superintendents in the metro Atlanta area, which has opened the door for hundreds more students to be reached and changed!”

Dr. Gordon Pritz

Superintendent Douglas County Schools

“Being able to work with Kit Cummings is an honor. His passion fuels me to work harder and dream bigger. This man is changing the world and I am glad I get to be a part of it with him!”

Sharon Mashburn

Juvenile Probation Supervisor

“I am so excited to be part of this powerful partnership between Kit Cummings and North Cobb High School.  The peaceful resolution skills our young people are learning from Power of Peace will empower them to be successful in every part of their life. Thank you Kit!”

Tommy Allegood

Acworth Mayor

“I am so thankful for Kit Cummings and the Power of Peace Project and what the movement is doing to help young people. Four years ago, our family suffered tragic loss with our teen age daughter and our beautiful niece. Since that tragedy, my eyes have been opened to seeing things in the world differently. Kit Cummings has been a great mentor to me and my family and has come along side of us in our journey to help us navigate the unknown.”

Michelle Smith

Grateful Parent

“Kit has a unique ability to connect with people and communities that may have been left behind, discounted or forgotten.  POPP inspires individuals, groups, and organizations to be the influence and the positive change this world needs.  POPP is transforming communities through one young person, one school, and one community at a time.  This program is the real deal!”

James Albright

Director of Parks and Recreation of Acworth

“I really like the leadership focus that the POPP program has brought to our athletic teams at North Cobb High School. Under the guidance of Mr. Cummings, our Warriors have been educated on the characteristics that positive leaders can display each day in our school and community.”

Matt Moody

North Cobb High School Principal

“The first of Kit’s Power of Peace Principles states “I become what I see,” and oh what a sight this program is. Kit Cummings and his team help light a path to success for the brilliant minds of this community. This program illustrates the true meaning of guidance in the most powerful and uplifting way. I am so thankful to be a part of this movement.”

Shelley Elder

Elder Law Firm

“The Power of Peace Project is needed in every high school and University! Kit does an amazing job relating to today’s youth in a relevant and charismatic way. POPP is not a club or a program, it is a movement. Don’t miss out!”

Gary Sylvestri

Milton High Athletic Director

“Kit’s Power of Peace Project is a movement that is impacting many lives. As a law enforcement veteran of 30 years and the former Chief Deputy of a large Sheriff’s Office and jail of 2000+ inmates, I have seen first-hand how powerful this initiative can be for the young people in our community, the individuals in custody in our jails and prisons, as well as the impact POPP is having on our law enforcement officers as well.”

Milton Beck

Retired Chief Deputy, Cobb County Sheriff’s Office

“Kit Cummings’s Protect the Dream program helps to empower our people to face challenges head on. POPP is an innovative and inspirational program that turns young men and women into positive role models, and we are proud to support this remarkable program!”

Jesse Evans

Chief Assistant District Attorney

“POPP made a HUGE impact on our football team this season. Kit was able to connect and engage my developing leaders in a way that made them think about important issues and ideas that are much bigger than themselves. Milton football will always be grateful for your dedication and devotion to our team and helping our young men to become better teammates!”

Adam Clack

Milton High School Head Football Coach (2018 7A State Champions)

“I have seen firsthand how Kit can help build up young people and adults alike.  The powerful tools learned in POPP have the potential to bring about long-term positive change for individuals and communities.“

Rich Austin

Milton Police Chief

“Kit Cummings’ POPP program is one of the most inspirational programs that the City of Acworth and it’s Police Department have been involved with. The program has allowed young people from Cobb County to realize they have a place in our community, and by utilizing their talents and getting involved as leaders they make our community a better place for everyone who lives here.”

Brian M. Bulthuis

Acworth City Manager

“POPP is making a difference in young people’s lives in a huge way! Kit Cummings has a passion for this generation and is making a mark by helping students become WHO they really desire to be, and giving them the HOW! Teams, campuses, and futures are being changed because of the passion of POPP. I am honored to be a part of this movement!”

Mike Linch

NorthStar Church Senior Pastor

“Kit is instrumental in making a difference in today’s youth. Our youth are challenged with constant pressure towards gangs, drugs, hate, and violence. POPP gives hope in countering those pressures while helping our youth navigate a positive path.”

Bill Westenberger

Kennesaw Police Chief

“Kit’s Power of Peace Project is an amazing program. I have witnessed the affect it has had on our youth of today. Letting them know how important their position in life is, giving them hope that no matter where they are in life, they can become a leader and make a difference in society. In other words, POPP meets them where they are, and that’s very important to young people. I am very glad and excited to play a small part in this fantastic program!”`+

Tim Houston

Alderman, Acworth City Council

“Kit’s Power of Peace Project has been a phenomenal blessing to us and the prison population at Earnest C Brooks Correctional Facility, as evidenced by half of our population of 1200+ prisoners asking, seeking, and desiring to be a part of the POPP movement. We have seen approximately 2000 inmates complete this powerful project, and violence decreased considerably. Kit keeps real, because Hope is the new Dope.”

Chaplain Onesiphorus Burrel

Michigan Dept. of Corrections