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
Burrell Poe / burrellp@Nonviolencechicago.org
To host or attend a Nonviolence Training, please contact Burrell Poe:
Office (773) 417-7421
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.
Burrell Poe is also a Nonviolence Trainer for the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago. Burrell is a U.S. Army Veteran from the West Side of Chicago. Burrell has been actively involved in with the community since he was 10 years old and started working at a candy store with his family. Burrell is very passionate about social and environmental issues and dedicates his time to furthering awareness and solutions for these issues. Burrell is on the Emerging Leaders Board of Mikva Challenge and is the Director of Compassion It Chicago.