Metropolitan Peace Academy

Intensive and multidisciplinary violence prevention training professionalizes the field of street outreach, builds a citywide network, and enhances community capacity to reduce violence.

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The Metropolitan Peace Academy professionalizes the field of street outreach through intensive training for outreach professionals. Curriculum focuses on:

  • Nonviolence
  • Trauma-informed services
  • Restorative justice

Metropolitan Peace Academy Trainings

  • Signature Outreach Training: 144-hour, 18-week curriculum for outreach workers
  • Case Manager Training
  • MPA-X Training: for outreach professionals in organizations outside the CP4P partnership
  • Community Training Academy: for community members

What can we do to magnify your greatness?” – Vanessa DeReef on the Metropolitan Peace Academy

ReCast & Community Trainings in action

ReCast & Community Trainings in action

ReCAST Community Trainings

Equip communities with knowledge to promote resilience and communicate with others about the efficacy and importance of nonviolence practices.

  • Topics include: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES), the impact of community violence, mental health and psychological wellness, nonviolence training, restorative justice practices, self-care, and trauma-informed care
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“I am able to work directly with members of the community and of the partner organizations to be able to see the needs, and align the resources needed to meet those needs, to create change.”

Pierre Moore

Academy Training Manager

The Community Training Academy

Supports Chicago police officers in increasing their capacity to work collaboratively, effectively and respectfully with the residents and stakeholders in their district. 

  • Introduces specific dynamics within a given community and deepens understanding of key historical factors related to policing
  • Incorporates an asset-based community development framework, restorative practices, and a hyper-local focus

Norman Kerr’s graduation keynote on legacy

Graduate Reflections

Videos from some of our graduates.

MPA Reflections: Cohort Seven

MPA Reflections: Cohort Six

MPA Reflections: Eric George, Cohort Three

MPA Reflections: Agustina Salinas, Cohort Three

MPA Reflections: Andre Rodriguez, Cohort Two