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Advance Peace:

Advance Peace (AP) is a community-based intervention that aims to reduce urban gun violence by engaging the young people at the center of firearm hositilities and providing them with transformational opportunities to avoid conflict.  

AP interrupts gun violence in American urban neighborhoods by providing transformational opportunities to young men involved in lethal firearm offenses and placing them in a high-touch, personalized fellowship—the Peacemaker Fellowship™. By working with and supporting a targeted group of individuals at the core of gun hostilities, Advance Peace bridges the gap between anti-violence programming and a hard-to-reach population at the center of violence in urban areas, thus breaking the cycle of gun hostilities and altering the trajectory of these men’s lives.  Advance Peace works with both public and community-based stakeholders to establish responsive community-driven strategies that achieve high-impact outcomes for those caught in the cycle of urban gun violence.  IURD is completing evaluations for the Advance Peace program in the cities of Sacramento, CA and Stockton, CA.

Advance Peace Sacramento 

The City of Sacramento, California, began a partnership with Advance Peace ( in January 2018. Advance Peace is a gun violence reduction program and the organizational goal set by the City of Sacramento was to help reduce ‘gang related’ gun-related assaults and homicides by 20-25% in the first two years of the program. Advance Peace was also charged with enrolling 50 residents most impacted by cyclical & retaliatory gun violence in their Peacemaker Fellowship™, an intensive 18-month healingcentered, individual attention intensive mentorship and life coaching program that acknowledges and is responsive to each Fellow’s untreated trauma and invests in their well-being. 

This report summarizes the key Learning and Evaluation findings for Sacramento Advance Peace, from January through December 2018. UC Berkeley Professor Jason Corburn and the Institute of Urban and Regional Development (IURD) partnered with Advance Peace to act as the Learning and Evaluation team. As part of this role, UCB co-created a learning and evaluation plan and scope of work with Advance Peace leadership and the City of Sacramento. 

Advance Peace Stockton 

In January 2018, the Stockton City Countil voted partner with Advance Peace and to support the organization's outreach work in the city.  Advance Peace Stockton's learning and evaluation progress report was released in January 2020.


Read more about Advance Peace's work in Stockton from the point of view of a Neighborhood Change Agent (NCA) here.