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AKA  Metta Center for Nonviolence
Petaluma, CA

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MARIN EXPERIMENTAL TEACHING TRAINING AND ADVISING CENTER Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 09/24/2012: MARIN EXPERIMENTAL TEACHING TRAINING AND ADVISING CENTER

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Also Known As: Metta Center for Nonviolence
Physical Address: Petaluma, CA 94953 
EIN: 94-2907482
Web URL: www.mettacenter.org 
Blog URL: mettacenter.org/writings-blogs/metta-opi... 
NTEE Category: R Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
Q International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security
Q40 International Peace and Security
X Religion, Spiritual Development
Ruling Year: 1984 


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Mission Statement

The mission of the Metta Center is to promote the transition to a nonviolent future by making the logic, history, and yet-unexplored potential of nonviolence available to activists and agents of cultural change (which ultimately includes all of us).  We help practitioners use nonviolence more safely and effectively, and anyone interested to understand and articulate it more fully.

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Annual Revenue & Expenses (IRS Form 990, April 2008)

Fiscal Year Starting: April 01, 2008
Fiscal Year Ending: March 31, 2009

Total Revenue $119,751
Total Expenses $103,901

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Leadership

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Stephanie Van Hook

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Since Sept 2010

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Programs

Program: Metta Mentors (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$30,000
Category:
Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy
Population Served:
Adults

Program Description:

The Metta Mentors Nonviolence Immersion Program is a 10-week mentorship (internship) program based in Berkeley, California. The program pairs students of nonviolence (mentees) with local partner organizations for practical nonviolence and social justice work, while offering regular guidance from Metta, in order to help participants 1) learn about the principles of nonviolence as a personal path, and 2) apply those principles effectively in the service of building a nonviolent culture.   In short, Metta Mentors is an immersion program in applied nonviolence.   How Metta Mentors works… ______________________________________________________________________________________________ Four days a week, participants work with a local (San Francisco Bay Area) social change organization to address specific issues relevant to nonviolence such human rights, youth empowerment, conflict resolution, food justice, environmental sustainability, or other forms of social justice work, and to address specific issues relevant to nonviolence in their work. Every Friday mentees come together under the guidance of the Metta Center to participate in reflective exercises, forums, and workshops that explore how to integrate nonviolence into social change work and daily life. • Friday mornings will be geared toward personal reflection, as well as and facilitated discussion of the mentees’ experiences from the past week. • Friday afternoons will offer workshops, speakers, and seminars on various topics of a more external nature exploring interpersonal nonviolence, exploration of nonviolence as a social and political force, etc. • These Friday gatherings offer participants guidance and structure, while also allowing them the opportunity to democratically guide their own learning and experiences.   By participating in the program, mentees will: ______________________________________________________________________________________________ embody the spirit of praxis, reflecting on principled nonviolence while working actively for social change. be challenged to ask tough questions and live out the answers during the 10-week mentorship, and beyond. receive guidance and mentorship from the Metta Center for immersion in a nonviolent paradigm build deep relationships with their peers and colleagues, thereby creating a community and culture of nonviolence that inspires and supports each individual to realize and activate their own potential for change. While there is no predetermined stipend for this program, Metta Center will cover the costs of food and lodging for program participants, as well as incidentals such as travel money to reach program locations, etc. In most cases, mentees will be asked to cover travel expenses to California, though we will have funds available to cover travel expenses for international applicants. For more information on this topic, please see our FAQ section(http://www.mettacenter.org/mc/projects/metta-mentors/mm-faq) . Note that we are planning to work with mentees on an individual basis to determine the best way we can provide for your needs. Please contact us with any questions or concerns about this part of the program.

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Program: Educators for Nonviolence (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$12,000
Category:
Education
Population Served:
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Adults

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"In my mind, the purpose of education is to enable human beings to develop to their full potential, intellectually and spiritually. That means that students have to be empowered to pursue self-knowledge and the skills that will help them be of service to their fellow human beings. Education should encourage people to develop their curiosity about life; above all, it should not trivialize either the students or their lives." —Metta Center founder Dr. Michael Nagler   The mission of Educators for Nonviolence is to make the teaching and living of nonviolence part of mainstream education by bringing high-quality nonviolence curriculum resources to classroom teachers, and to support and bring together educators who wish to develop their capacity to use nonviolence in the classroom.

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Program: Nonviolence Consulting (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$6,000
Category:
Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy
Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified

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Nonviolence is spreading throughout the world—more than fifty percent of the global population lives in a country that has experienced a major nonviolent event. Awareness of nonviolence as a tool for resolving conflict and promoting social and political change is growing rapidly. Yet the science of nonviolence is often misunderstood, sometimes even by those who are engaging in nonviolent action. Too often those who wish to embrace nonviolence lack the knowledge and skills for its effective use, leading them to place themselves or others in needless danger, or to abandon nonviolence in favor of violent means. The Metta Center works directly with those who seek to better understand nonviolence and use it more effectively. Through direct consulting and advising, the Metta Center is supporting the increasing number of people who find themselves in a position to offer nonviolence but have not yet learned how to use it safely and effectively in their situation. We consult with activists, educators, the media, and offer resources to anyone who anyone who wants to learn about “the greatest force at the disposal of humanity.”

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Program: Nonviolence Resource Center (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$18,000
Category:
Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy
Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

The Metta Center runs a resource center for the study and practice of nonviolence, located at our offices in Berkeley, California. The resource center features a library of nonviolence books and videos, meetings, study groups, and a variety of events for the Bay Area nonviolence community. Ongoing programs at the resource center include: The Hope Tank:(http://www.mettacenter.org/nv/blogaudiovideo/hope-tank) Weekly community discussions on nonviolence, spirituality, and social change. Meets Friday mornings at our offices in Berkeley, CA. For info on joining us see "Hope Tank" on our events schedule. Nonviolence fellowship: Our nonviolence fellowship group serves our growing community for nonviolence across the world, starting from right here in Berkeley, California. The group meets via conference call once a month to discuss themes and topics that deepen our understanding of nonviolence theory and practice. To participate please send your skype id or telephone number  to community [at] mettacenter [dot] org! Nonviolence film and discussion series:(http://www.mettacenter.org/events/film-series) Monthly series exploring the power of nonviolence through film. Events and workshops:(http://www.mettacenter.org/mc/connect/events) Metta hosts talks and workshops that explore the power of nonviolence. In the past two years, speakers have included Randall Amster, Cynthia Boaz, Stephen Zunes, Adriana Castaño Roman, Mel Duncan, Elizabeth Lozano, Sami Awad,  Joanna Macy and Krishnammal Jagannathan. Our website at

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Program: Nonviolence Education Resource Development (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$25,000
Category:
Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy
Population Served:
Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

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The Metta Center develops and makes available educational tools that provide both introductory information for those beginning to learn about nonviolence as well as analysis for those wishing to deepen their current knowledge base. We deliver these resources through multiple mechanisms, including our written publications, website, and speaking events. Publications:(http://www.mettacenter.org/nv/resources/publications) The Metta Center provides several online as well as published books, pamphlets, and study guides that provide more in-depth presentation of nonviolence and its applications. Many of these publications are written by Metta Center’s founder Professor Michael Nagler. Prof. Nagler is a respected Gandhian scholar and has taught nonviolence and meditation for over 25 years. Visit the publications(http://www.mettacenter.org/nv/resources/publications) section of our website for a full listing of publications, free downloads, articles, and other resources as well as information on how to order Metta Center publications. Glossary of Nonviolence Terms:(http://www.mettacenter.org/nv/resources/glossary) The Metta Center is working to develop a common vocabulary for describing and understanding our world through the lens of nonviolence. As part of this effort, we are developing a web-based glossary of over 150 terms and concepts, with succinct definitions and examples of applications. Theory and Practice of Nonviolence Webcast:(http://www.mettacenter.org/nv/resources/nonviolence-courses) The popular University of California, Berkeley course Theory and Practice of Nonviolence (PACS 164A) is now available for viewing or audio listening via webcast. This class is an upper-division course in UC, Berkeley’s Peace and Conflict Studies program and is taught by Metta Center founder Prof. Michael Nagler. Prof. Nagler provides an introduction to the science of nonviolence, mainly as seen through the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi. He also covers a historical overview of nonviolence in the West up to the American Civil Rights movement with emphasis on the ideal of principled nonviolence and the reality of mixed or strategic nonviolence in practice, especially as applied to problems of social justice and defense.

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