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Luke Dowdney - Fight for Peace


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  • 1. Fight for Peace uses boxing & martial arts combined with education and personal development to realise the potential of young people in communities that suffer from crime and violence.
  • 2. Based on extensive research, Fight for Peace charts local risk factors and influences that make young people more vulnerable to joining gangs and participating in offending behaviour.
  • 3. This model is then used to offer children and young people in communities affected by crime and violence options and influences to respond to those risk factors and thus build resilience at grass-roots via an integrated model called the Five Pillars: 1. Boxing/Martial Arts. 2. Education. 3. Social action. 4. Job access. 5. Youth leadership UNDERPINNED BY VALUES OPEN TO EVERYONE
  • 4. Fight for Peace Academy in Rio de Janeiro Fight for Peace Academy in London
    • 2006 Independent from Viva Rio
    • 2007 – FFP replicated in London
    • Similar issues / different extremes
    • Local specificities – culture, ethnicity, systems
    • 2010 Mare United Programme – overcoming entrenched territorial division
    • 6000 young people directly supported to date
    • A sample of FFP Academy impact in 2010
    • 86% of young people feel more motivated
    • 81% are less prone to carry a weapon
    • 79% are feeling safer in their community
    • 89% of learners progressed into further education, training or employment
  • 5. International Training Programme
    • A six-month package of learning and support designed to build the capability of practitioners to deliver effective boxing and martial arts based development programmes in communities around the world affected by crime and violence. Based on open source principle rather than ‘ replication ’ .
    • The training programme builds the capacity of local organisations , to enable them to deliver new or improved services , creating better outcomes for young people affected by violence.
    • 9 organisations trained in 2011.
    • 70% of the organisations contributed to the costs of the programme.
    • Funded with support from Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, Canadian Government and UK Sport.
    • Seeking support to build Alumni Programme in 2012
  • 6. FFP Alumni in 2011 Bright Generation, Ghana: development organisation working in Northern Ghana. They have a struggling boxing project that they want to invest in and improve. Will work with approx. 100 young people next year. Rough Diamonds, UK: has been operating for one year and provides Muay Thai and personal development to young people involved in special education and justice programmes. Works with approx. 60 young people per year. Futbol por la Vida, Costa Rica: well established football for development project that wants to expand into B&MA programming to target hard to reach young men. Will work with approx. 50 young people next year. Project Capoere, Lebanon: a new project launching in Beirut, using Capoeira to support disadvantaged young people. Will work with approx. 60 young people next year. Keep it Real, USA: been delivering after school boxing provision for disadvantaged young people for 14 years, now aiming to scale the project to provide more sophisticated and permanent programming. Works with approx. 100 young people per year. Kivu Assistance and Reintegration Centre, DRC: an NGO joining forces with an ex child-soldier who runs a boxing club for other ex-child soldiers. They will create a holistic sport and education programme. Will work with approx. 120 young people next year. Sure Start, Uganda: women’s rights organisation using Karate to develop self-confidence and resilience in communities where girls are vulnerable to domestic abuse. Works with approx. 500 young people per year.   Ngunyumu School , Kenya: a Nairobi slum, part of UNHabitat’s Safer Cities Programme, that is developing a boxing programme to help tackle poverty and political / tribal violence. Will work with approx. 200 young people per year.  Ironworks, USA: a new programme in Scranton, Pennsylvania which is working in conjunction with local churches and the police to provide Taekwondo for excluded or at risk young people. Will work with approx. 50 young people next year.
  • 7. Born in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, LUTA is a new fight wear and lifestyle clothing brand that brings together real fight performance, favela street style and a genuine social mission. 50% Profit Share Scheme with Fight for Peace LUTA is committed to giving Fight for Peace International, registered charity 1137636 (via its subsidiary company), at least as much of the company ’ s profits as we give our shareholders. Fight for Peace International is a global charity that promotes the use of boxing and martial arts training combined with education and personal development programmes to help young people in communities that suffer from crime and violence.