The Circle of Peace Movement is strengthened by its partnerships with community organizations that share our values and are working to create a more peaceful and just world.
In the summer of 2016, TCOPM partnered with AccessAbility, Inc to recruit, train, and supervise one on one mentors as part of AccessAbility’s Career & Educational Pathways (CEP) program. The CEP program provides support to formerly incarcerated people in transition.
Aurora/St. Anthony Neighborhood Development Corp. (ASANDC)
With shared historical roots in the Rondo and Summit/University neighborhoods in Saint Paul, MN, Aurora/St. Anthony Neighborhood Development Corp. (ASANDC) offers a range of community programs that align with the TCOPM mission.
Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders/Humphrey School of Public Affairs
As part of the Young African Leaders Initiative, The Mandela Washington Fellowship serves to empower young people through academic coursework, leadership training and professional development. Through a partnership with the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, many Mandela Washington Fellows attend TCOPM to share, learn and engage in authentic dialogue.
Ramsey County Juvenile Corrections/Boys Totem Town
An active and enthusiastic partner, Ramsey County Juvenile Corrections regularly transports residents of Boys Totem Town (BTT) to participate in weekly TCOPM Circles and also hosts the Boys Totem Town Healing Circle.
Saint Paul Police Department (SPPD)
Members of the Saint Paul Police Department, from the chief of police, deputy chief of police and through to ranks of new recruits have a long history of attending the weekly TCOPM Circles. Their presence serves to improve the dialogue between police and community members. In 2016, Russel and Sarah Balenger received the St. Paul Police Department Chief’s Award.
The Saint Paul Foundation
In their 75th year and beyond, The Saint Paul Foundation supports many community efforts that align with TCOPM’s mission. In 2015, Russel and Sarah Balenger were presented with the Saint Paul Foundation’s Facing Race Ambassador Award Honorable Mention.
Save Our Sons
Retired police officer Melvin Carter, Jr, founded Save Our Sons to offer mentoring and support to at-risk African American youth. Melvin is a regular attendee at Circle and an important link between TCOPM and the community.
Through Take Flight Leadership workshop, at risk youth gain self-confidence, trust in others, and experience the freedom of flight that many people only dream about.
A long-standing partner, Unity Church-Unitarian provides meeting space and helps to prepare the shared meals at each weekly Community Circle. Members of Unity church have long assisted with the fundraising and organizational development of TCOPM.