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Our Story

The Tariq Khamisa Foundation (TKF) was founded in 1995 after college student Tariq Khamisa was killed by a 14-year-old gang member, Tony Hicks. Tony was tried as an adult and sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Tariq’s father, Azim Khamisa, felt this tragedy created victims on both ends of the gun. In an extraordinary grace and forgiveness, Azim reached out to Tony’s grandfather, Ples Felix. The two men came together in the spirit of healing to end youth violence.

TKF is dedicated to teaching and inspiring forgiveness, hope and peace in youth and  setting them on a path towards opportunity.

TKF has connected with over 500,000 youth in communities across San Diego county since its founding. Changing the lives of young people by installing hope and empowering them to make positive choices is what TKF stands for.

Tariq Khamisa and Tony Hicks

Azim Khamisa and Ples Felix

  • 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."

  • Spanish Teacher, Knox Middle School


    "I was so touched and so moved by the empathy, love, and forgiveness in your hearts that lead you to inspire and empower others. What a beautiful hour that was for me. Thank you for the work you do. The world needs more people like all of you at TKF.”


  • 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."