From Angry Peacemaker to Heart Leader – Erica Ford

Erica Ford has helped radically transform communities surrounding urban youth across NYC from one of violence to peace. Here she speaks to her personal realization that we can’t stop the violence around us if we don’t create peace within. 

ERICA FORD is the CEO and Founder of LIFE Camp, dedicated to reducing violence among young New Yorkers and creating a culture of peace. LIFE Camp incorporates best practices in youth violence prevention/intervention, as well as providing programs such as I Love My Life Campaign to reinforce self-esteem and respect for life among teens and young adults. Urban Yogis, and other holistic approaches, connect and mobilize youth to prevent and heal from violence in NYC’s most underserved communities. 

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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