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Tariq Khamisa Foundation

We are a San Diego nonprofit with the mission to educate and inspire children in the restorative principles of accountability, compassion, forgiveness, peacemaking and support for safer schools and communities. TKF formed in 1995 after college student, Tariq Khamisa, was killed by a 14-year- old gang member. Through forgiveness the two families came together to create an organization dedicated to providing proven programs that teach restorative strategies, peacemaking skills and instills hope in youth. Our middle level education programs are designed to support students in grades 5 to 9.

  • Ples Felix, Tony's Grandfather and Co-Founder of TKF

    "Your dreams of great accomplishments are your view of the future. Your dreams can come true as long as you keep your goals in mind and are determined to succeed. May your future be non violent, happy and successful."

  • Christa Coleman, Principal, KIPP Adelante Preparatory Academy

    "Having young, caring TKF Mentors in our school is a vital need for our teenagers. Knowing our students have a non-parent or non-teacher to talk to about personal issues is comforting and necessary."

  • Azim Khamisa, Tariq's father and Founder of TKF

    "From the onset, I saw victims on both ends of the gun. I will mourn Tariq's death for the rest of my life. Now, however, my grief has been transformed into a powerful commitment to change. Change is urgently needed in a society where children kill children."

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The Tariq Khamisa Foundation (TKF) is a San Diego nonprofit with the mission to educate and inspire children in the restorative principles of accountability, compassion, forgiveness, peacemaking and support for safer schools and communities.

  • Azim Khamisa, Tariq's father and Founder of TKF

    "From the onset, I saw victims on both ends of the gun. I will mourn Tariq's death for the rest of my life. Now, however, my grief has been transformed into a powerful commitment to change. Change is urgently needed in a society where children kill children."

  • Ples Felix, Tony's Grandfather and Co-Founder of TKF

    "Your dreams of great accomplishments are your view of the future. Your dreams can come true as long as you keep your goals in mind and are determined to succeed. May your future be non violent, happy and successful."

  • Christa Coleman, Principal, KIPP Adelante Preparatory Academy

    "Having young, caring TKF Mentors in our school is a vital need for our teenagers. Knowing our students have a non-parent or non-teacher to talk to about personal issues is comforting and necessary."