Our Mission

Advance Peace is dedicated to ending cyclical and retaliatory gun violence in American urban neighborhoods. We invest in the development, health, and wellbeing of those at the center of this crisis.

Left to right: Charles Muhammad, James Houston, Kevin Yarbrough, Sam Vaughn, DeVone Boggan, Joe McCoy – Members of the Richmond Office of Neighborhood Safety (ONS) Team (Sacramento 2014).
(Photo credit Richmond Office of Neighborhood Safety)

Our History

In 2009, the police department of Richmond, California, told Devone Boggan, then the director of the city’s Office of Neighborhood Safety, that less than 30 men were responsible for 70% of the city’s gun crime, which contributed to the city’s less than flattering distinction of being ranked among the top 12 most dangerous cities in America. The following year, Boggan responded by creating and launching the Peacemaker Fellowship™ model, which would become the core of Advance Peace.

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The Fellowship affected my life by getting me out my comfort zone and helping me to see that there was more to life than what I was into and doing. In essence, the Fellowship extended my life!

Rohnell Robinson
Fellowship Alumnus

We invest in those at the center of the crisis.




“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
Nelson Mandela