Get The Point: Nonprofit Helps Youth Find Own Solutions To Violence

10/08/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Around the world, youth face violence daily: abuse at home or in school, peer pressure into acts of violence, neglect by parents, gangs, drugs, bad role models, killing, and terror. But Get the Point, a Swiss non-profit organization, is doing something about it.

Get the Point Initiative (GPI) works to reduce violence through youth leadership. They're building a unique Internet community as well as an annual youth leadership forum beginning in mid-2008. Their global community launches in October 2007.

Get the Point brings together the Non-Violence Project International (NVP), the Raoul Wallenberg Academy for Young Leaders, and The Nobel Peace Laureates Foundation. NVP has already seen success in the UK, South Africa, Brazil, and in U.S. cities like New York and Miami. In 2001, President Bill Clinton presented NVP with the Presidential Daily Light Award for best community project in the U.S.

I spoke with Jan Hellman, the founder of the Non-Violence Project and one of the founders of Get the Point.


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