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(VOV) is a youth-sponsored initiative to help young people identify and counteract the root causes of violence in their lives. VOV outreach programs began in 1999 as a response to growing concerns over the rise in youth-related violence. The VOV campaign is non-partisan and non-sectarian. It aims to promote awareness, introspection and dialogue among our youth, our families, our schools and our communities. VOV is not the solution itself, but the inspiration to awaken the energies for positive change.

The VOV approach is grass-roots, peer-to-peer and heart-to-heart dialogue— in a supportive atmosphere—that helps participants reflect on how violence affects their lives and how they can begin to make a change for the better.

While it was inspired by the long-standing Buddhist traditions of non-violence and respect for all living beings, VOV programs focus not on religion, but on our human potential. Primary emphasis is on the value of dialogue in building a culture of peace, encouraging youth to develop tolerance, trust and friendship with each other despite differences in things like race, religion, color and language.