About

Offering positive solutions for youth, families, and communities

The primary purpose of L.O.V.E. is to provide comprehensive, compassionate and quality services to youth with behavioral, emotional, or addictive challenges, with the ultimate goal of reducing violence in schools and communities through grassroots outreach efforts. A foundational belief guiding L.O.V.E. programs is that traditional models of education and services are often not successful in reaching and meeting the needs of at-risk youth. Our goal is to promote models that encourage lasting change in the lives of young people by helping them realize their potential for growth in the context of caring relationships, nontraditional learning experiences, and community service. Threaded throughout all initiatives is the principle that true character and self worth are developed through the process of learning to give of oneself for the good of others.

History

L.O.V.E. (Let Our Violence End) was founded in 1994 as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization at the peak of an upsurge in local gang activity, chronicled in an HBO documentary “Gang War: Bangin’ in Little Rock.” Since that time, we have trained thousands of health care professionals, law enforcement officers, school teachers and counselors, foster parents, social service workers, churches, and civic groups in identifying and intervening in the lives of these at-risk youth. L.O.V.E. is a highly sought after motivational program, appearing before 500,000 children and youth to date in school assemblies. L.O.V.E. staff and volunteers work with more than 6,000 youth in Arkansas through pro-social peer support groups and mentoring that emphasize community service. L.O.V.E. also provides behavior modification and academic support programs through In-School Suspension and Alternative School re-entry programs for the Little Rock School District.

L.O.V.E. provides or trains others to provide:

  • Education on gangs, drugs, and cults
  • Mentoring Development and Implementation
  • In-school and After-school programs
  • Assessment and counseling services
  • L.O.V.E. Teams and peer support groups
  • Community outreach and recruitment
  • In-School Suspension enrichment
  • Service-Learning opportunities
  • Volunteer training and equipping
  • Coalition building