Nonviolence Training Team
The Institute provides nonviolence trainings to build a community of peacemakers using the principles and steps of nonviolence. At the core of the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago's work is Kingian Nonviolence. Often mistaken for being simply the opposite of violence, Nonviolence is a systematic framework of conceptual principles and pragmatic strategies to reduce violence and foster peace. The approach provides the knowledge and skills people need to engage in peaceful problem-solving.
The Institute for Nonviolence Chicago provides a series of trainings and educational workshops on the theories, practices and teachings of Kingian nonviolence.
Our trainings seek to teach that peace arises from applied knowledge and ongoing practice that encourages dialogue, forgiveness and reconciliation. All trainings are geared to youth and adults interested in nonviolent
Benny Lee | bennyl@Nonviolencechicago.org
Henry Cervantes | henryc@Nonviolencechicago.org
Kingian Nonviolence: Open to the public
Benny Lee is sought-after as an international trainer and consultant, having presented throughout the United States, Israel, and Africa. Among the numerous awards received for his outstanding work are: the Professional of the Year award from the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association (IAODAPCA), a
Project Safe Neighborhoods award from U.S. Department of Justice, and the Johnson Institute National America Honors Award for his work providing innovative services to gang-affiliated individuals in the criminal justice system.
Mr. Lee received his Associate’s Degree in Mental Health and Substance Abuse at Kennedy King College. He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degree at Northeastern Illinois University, where he serves as adjunct professor in the Justice Studies department. Benny is the founder and CEO of the National Alliance for the Empowerment of the Formerly Incarcerated (NAEFI), a community based organization serving returning citizens living in the State of Illinois.
Henry Cervantes serves as a Nonviolence Trainer for the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago. Cervantes is also the Manager for The Peace Exchange, a youth program that
takes youth and documentary filmmakers on international trips studying cross-cultural peace building. Cervantes is a racial justice activist, peace educator and youth
organizer focusing on Kingian Nonviolence and Restorative Justice. He has trained activist from Asia, the Middle East, and professionals from Central and South America.
Mr. Cervantes served as the Peace Works Program Director for the Marquette University Center for Peacemaking and also the Coordinator for the Violence Prevention Collaborative in Chicago. More recently, Cervantes was Safety Organizer for The Resurrection Project working on the issue of youth violence in various Chicago communities. He holds a B.A in Youth
Leadership Development for Community Violence Prevention from Northeastern Illinois University- University Without Walls. Cervantes has also served as Docent and Historian for Docent Council at the DuSable Museum of African-American History and currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Crossroads Fund