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Values Over Violence Institute, fiscally sponsored by Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries

 1895 River Street
 Hyde Park, MA 02136
[P] (857) 939-6229
[F] --
Paris Swindle
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 04-6137247

LAST UPDATED: 12/22/2016
Organization DBA Values over Violence Institute
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No



Mission StatementMORE »

The mission is to influence youth to consider alternative ways of dealing with aggressive behavior and violence. We acknowledge that economic deprivation is a form of violence and seek means to link youth with jobs, training, or higher education. We teach forgiveness and reconciliation.

Mission Statement

The mission is to influence youth to consider alternative ways of dealing with aggressive behavior and violence. We acknowledge that economic deprivation is a form of violence and seek means to link youth with jobs, training, or higher education. We teach forgiveness and reconciliation.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Projected Income $65,000.00
Projected Expense $60,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Values over Violence

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Mission Statement

The mission is to influence youth to consider alternative ways of dealing with aggressive behavior and violence. We acknowledge that economic deprivation is a form of violence and seek means to link youth with jobs, training, or higher education. We teach forgiveness and reconciliation.

Background Statement

The Values over Violence Institute was formed by persons who have become certified in the ESPERE curriculum, and who work with youth. The training given by Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries took place in the Spring, 2015. Subsequent to that, CMM and members of the VOV team took additional training in how to teach the curriculum.  In the summer of 2015 volunteers took the curriculum to a youth group organized by the Sustainability Guild. It was well received. We also presented information about the curriculum at the Oliver Wendell Holmes School, and later, presented the course as a pilot to several students from that school.  The school is requesting that we present the  program to a larger audience--youth, parents, and teachers.
Through the auspices of the Mayor of Boston and the Boston Police Department, we conducted a bike-a-thon celebrating Values over Violence in September, 2015.  A basketball tournament at the Reggie Lewis Center was part of this celebration, and a brief training was given to participants.
The urban trainers elected to form their own nonprofit, in hopes of attracting funds to disseminate the curriculum more broadly in Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, Hyde Park, and Jamaica Plain.
We are in the process of applying for our own 501 C 3. 

Impact Statement

1. Training 27 clergy and community leaders in how to teach the ESPERE curriculum. Training took place at the Mattapan public library.
2. Involving youth in celebrating Values over Violence- a bike-a-thon of 70 youth from Mattapan, which was supported by the Boston Police Department.  We also held a basketball tournament and instruction.
3. Trainers gave courses in Values over Violence to 25 youth as a pilot project in Dorchester and Jamaica Plain.
Our goals are to run pilot projects in Boston schools, evaluate the impact, and lay the groundwork for adoption of the curriculum in more schools.
Our goals are to expand our capacity to link youth with jobs, training, and higher education.  We seek to build our organization and train additional adult leaders in taking the curriculum to youth audiences. 

Needs Statement

1. We need funding to pay the trainers to take the curriculum to local locations, including public schools. Each series of training sessions costs
approximately $3000, including time of the trainer, and supplies.
2. We need to be able to hire staff to mentor youth in finding jobs, training, and opportunities for higher education. Currently we have two volunteer labor economic specialists as volunteers. They can train others.
3. We need funding, some of which has been secured, to take the curriculum into the suburbs. This effort is being done by our partner, Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries.
4. We need job opportunities with the youth who have completed our programs.
5. We need funding in the amount of $750 per student to enroll in construction pre-apprenticeship with Future Hope, one of our partners.
6. We need volunteers who will take the training in the ESPERE curriculum and use it with youth groups.

CEO Statement

What is distinctive is the emphasis on developing civic values which include understanding of differences, looking at conflict from the standpoint of the adversary, examining one's feelings when provoked, and exploring the costs and benefits of taking a forgiving attitude. This curriculum has had a positive impact in reducing tensions among gangs in Bogota Columbia, and is currently being taught among migrant groups in Portland Oregon and Texas.
Our organization is uniquely situated geographically to serve the schools in Boston, as that is our geographic focus. 

Board Chair Statement

Will be forthcoming. The Board President has recently been bereaved of his mother and is not available.

Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- Mattapan
City of Boston- North Dorchester
City of Boston- South Dorchester
City of Boston- Jamaica Plain
City of Boston- Hyde Park
City of Boston- Roxbury
We serve youth, particularly those attending public schools, in Mattapan, Dorchester, and surrounding areas, such as Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park, and Roxbury.

Organization Categories

  1. Youth Development - Adult, Child Matching Programs
  2. Education - Secondary & High Schools
  3. Public & Societal Benefit - Alliances & Advocacy

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

Under Development


Values over Violence

The Values over Violence Project is a program to train youth and adults to examine their emotions, learn to identify events which trigger anger, rage, and depression, and look at choices about how to handle these events. The Values over Violence Project is a Boston-based version of the curriculum developed by ESPERE, the School of Forgiveness and Reconciliation, in Bogota, Colombia. The ESPERE materials have a proven track record in reducing violence not only in Latin America, but also in many countries, including the United States (Texas and Oregon.)

By learning this curriculum, participants overcome tendencies toward aggression and depression, students can take the next step, job readiness training. Beyond that, when ready, they can begin to learn marketable skills. Values over Violence also explores ways to get employers to furnish jobs for graduates of the program.

Budget  $45,500.00
Category  Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Blacks, African Heritage General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 
We have successfully completed three rounds of training:
One for the Sustainability Guild, Summer, 2015- no evaluation available
One for the Oliver Wendell Holmes School- see evaluation as addenda
One for the Family Independence Initiative- see evaluation as addenda
The second portion of the Values over Violence program consists of connecting youth with jobs, training, and higher education.  We are developing this program in conjunction with the Houston Group, and Pathway to Redemption, both of which have a good track record in connecting local youth to jobs and training. These programs are seeking funding for linking their work with the Values over Violence Institute.
Program Long-Term Success 
Our programs are two-fold: Training youth and others in the ESPERE curriculum of forgiveness and reconciliation; providing mentors for youth who have graduated from the program who desire to be connected with jobs, training or higher education.
Program Success Monitored By 
Professor Andrea Leverentz, Sociology Department, U-Mass Boston deployed graduate students to attend the class and evaluate the program conducted by Aisha Porcher at the Family Independence Initiative.

Examples of Program Success 
See evaluations of the GRASP program at the Oliver Wendell Holmes School.  It shows that students internalized the training, and more were influenced to abandon violence as an option.
 See evaluation report attached.
The evaluation of the FII training:  Participants liked the training, the process was satisfactory, and the training increased belief that violence is a choice, and they are less prone to choosing violence. See report attached. 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

This unique and innovative program shows promise of influencing youth to take the message of non-violence to peers. This dimension will be added to the program upon funding by the Boston Foundation.


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Paris Swindle
CEO Term Start Aug 2016
CEO Email
CEO Experience Twenty years as community economic development technical assistance consulting to churches and nonprofits. Has helped dozens of businesses and nonprofits to become stronger.  He worked as Outreach Manager for the Christian Economic Coaliton.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Rev. Dr. Rodney Petersen Chief Trainer Certified in ESPERE curriculum; has trained over 75 trainers in the Greater Boston area. Currently serves as Ex. Director of Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries, and on the Board of the Values over Violence Institute. He  is available to serve as a trainer of trainers.


Award Awarding Organization Year
Recognition of the founder of the ESPERE Curriculum Mayor of Boston 2015


Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association not applicable

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- --


Mattapan Hyde Park Economic Development Corporation, Future Hope, the Houston Group, the TenPoint Coalition, the public employment service, Pathway to Redemption, Family Independence Initiative,
Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries, the International Institute on Forgiveness and Reconciliation, the Louis D. Brown Institute, and the Trauma program of Roxbury Presbyterian Church Social Impact Center.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The challenge is to get agreements from public schools to fund the training. We believe that  running these programs as a pilot will enhance our ability to overcome this challenge.

Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 8
Number of Volunteers 8
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 5
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually


Board Chair Mr. Robert A. Lewis
Board Chair Company Affiliation City of Boston
Board Chair Term Aug 2016 - July 2021
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms Judith Foster Values over Violence Institute Voting
Dr. Alice E. Kidder Values over Violence Institute Voting
Mr. Robert A. Lewis Synergy Group Voting
Rev. Dr. Rodney L. Petersen Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries, V Voting
Ms Aisha Porcher Values over Violence Institute Voting
Ms Mary Murphy Porcher Values over Violence Institute Voting
Ms Deborah Street Values over Violence Institute Voting
Mr. Paris Swindle Values over Violence Institute Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Judith Foster Praise Radio Voting
Ms. Aisha Porcher Family Independence Initiative Voting
Ms. Deborah Street GRASP Voting

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Rev. Wayne Daley Louis D. Brown Institute NonVoting
Rev. Willie James Bibleway Christian Center NonVoting
Rev. Mark Scott Community Volunteer NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: --
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 5
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Community Outreach / Community Relations
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Ours is a working board, make up of the trainers who wish to purvey this curriculum, and play a mentoring role in securing an economic future for our youth.  The major challenge is to secure funding to conduct the programs in the public schools. CMM will offer funding to cover the costs of the independent evaluator from U Mass Boston..

Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown (%)

No data available

Expense Breakdown (%)

No data available

Fiscal Year July 01, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Projected Income $65,000.00
Projected Expense $60,000.00
Form 990s

2015 IRS 990

2014 IRS 990

2013 IRS 990

Audit Documents

2015 Review

2014 Compilation

2013 Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 -- --
Total Revenue $34,000 -- --
Total Expenses $31,000 -- --

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 -- --
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$5,000 -- --
Government Contributions $3,000 -- --
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local $3,000 -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $26,000 -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 -- --
Program Expense $28,000 -- --
Administration Expense $3,000 -- --
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.10 -- --
Program Expense/Total Expenses 90% -- --
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% -- --

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 -- --
Total Assets $2,000 -- --
Current Assets $2,000 -- --
Long-Term Liabilities $0 -- --
Current Liabilities $0 -- --
Total Net Assets $2,000 -- --

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 -- --
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --

Financial Planning

Endowment Value $0.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 2.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Purpose We are participating in the CMM capital campaign drive, whose purpose is to gain support for the CMM operations, including assistance to the VOV Institute.
Campaign Goal $50,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates July 2016 - June 2019
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $25,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 -- --
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf -- --

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 -- --
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% -- --

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Values over Violence Institute uses the Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries as its fiscal conduit.

Foundation Comments

Values over Violence Institute is a newer organization, formally launched in 2016, and is fiscally sponsored by Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries. As such, one year of financial data is posted above in the charts and graphs, provided by Values over Violence Institute. Additional data will be posted as it becomes available.
Please note, the 990s and reviews posted above are that of Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries.


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1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

Our organization aims to create a culture which opposes violence, and acts upon that belief in refraining from the use of violence as revenge for wrongs.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

Our strategies include:
1, Giving the ESPERE curriculum in public schools and/or other public settings.
2. Recruiting and training trainers in the ESPERE curriculum
3. Interviewing school officials to embed the curriculum in the schools
4. Continue to work with the Boston Police Department to create dialogue opportunities for discussions with youth
5.  Train trainers who will train others, who in turn will train others

3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

We work particularly with adults who have experienced loss of a loved one through violence. These adults know the meaning of the impact of violence on the community, the family, and the individual.  They are motivated to instill the values of non-violence in youth.

4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

We are employing an outside evaluator, Dr. Andrea Leverentz, a professor of sociology at U.Mass Boston to evaluate the program and its impact.
We will know we are making an impact when students' minds are changed about the appropriate way to deal with desire for revenge.

5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

We have conducted two pilot programs in schools.  Evaluation questions  created by graduate students under the supervision of Prof. Andrea Leverentz  have been evaluated.  There is a positive response to the training, and students report a higher tendency to believe that violence is a choice, and a choice to be avoided, after completion of the training.