The mission of the Institute is to provide a platform for citizens of every walk of life to learn the important principles that underlie nonviolent advocacy. Central to this mission is a push to provide future leaders and “change agents” with opportunities to explore the moral, ethical, and theological imperatives for justice and human rights for all people.
Simply put, our Mission is to change lives for the better, in a real and permanent way.
The Lowery Institute ‘Agents of Change’ Program connects high-achieving undergraduate and graduate students with elementary, middle and high school students in Atlanta’s historic Westside community. In addition, undergraduate and graduate students from Clark Atlanta University’s Whitney Young School of Social Work serve at Forrest Hill Academy, an APS alternative school.
The Change Agents “CA’s” are from Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Spelman College, Agnes Scott College, and Candler School of Theology. They serve at M. Agnes Jones Elementary School, Brown Middle School and Forest Hill Academy. CA’s focus on principles of non- violence of the Institute coupled with conflict management, social and self awareness, conscious thought, alternative dispute resolution and peer mediation training. CA’s encourage the younger students through daily interactions to de-escalate potential conflict. Our curriculum is structured to reinforce topics including: respect/disrespect, issues surrounding the use of violence, anger management, emotional intelligence, positive relationships, trust building, discipline, active listening, friendship, acknowledgment, teamwork and problem- solving. Change Agents also serve by operating our campus pantry, Mimi’s Pantry; on our blog team; participating in our Servant Leadership
Speaker Series; Barbershop Series; Dating Unscripted, Don’t Argue-Debate; peer mediation training; Malawi Initiative; Change Agent Tank competition and civic and social activism.
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OUR FOUR PROGRAM AREAS | LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL
Civil & Human Rights
Includes Political & Civic Participation, Racial Justice, Women’s and Children’s Rights Violence
Includes Economic, Environmental, and Criminal Justice Violence
Literacy, Digital Divide, Violence
Poverty & Violence
THE VOICES OF CHANGE
Here at the Lowery Institute we implement much of our programming through our Change Agent Program. Through inter-generational transfer of knowledge, college students mentor inner city elementary – high schoolers on conflict resolution daily – teaching them how to solve disagreements without violence..to find their voice without escalating conflict..to become servant leaders in their schools and community. And yet, all around them this culture of violence that too many have come to accept as normal, seems to reward conflict. All too often we witness the innocent profiled and mistreated. Violence and misuse of power and authority snuffs out precious lives as though normal. How do we channel our anger, not become bitter? How do we keep our rising Change Agents motivated to embrace nonviolence? Or as my father would say, to ‘Turn TO each other, and not ON each other’?
Today, we launch “The Voices of Change” a blog intended to provide a platform for discussion and examination of issues that we ought care about. It is our hope that we will find meaningful solutions and strategies to tackle the issues of violence that seek to destroy us all. A new set of blogs will start the conversation monthly beginning with the senseless killing of Alton Sterling. Let’s talk the talk, then walk the walk. Our constructive conversations will dictate our actions.