What We Do


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. Azim, in an act of extraordinary grace and forgiveness, reached out to Tony’s grandfather, Ples Felix. The two men came together in the spirit of healing to end youth violence.

Over 500

school presentations


learned lessons on being kind to others


learned how to resolve anger and conflict without violence


learned how to take actions to prevent or resolve problems


learned to be positive about themselves


learned how to be peacemakers


decrease in school disciplinary problems


decrease in school truancy

Over 2,500

students served

Over 10,000

children reached annually

Over 300

school partnerships

Over 15

school districts served

Data from The Social Science Research Lab San Diego State University, Spring 2016, An Evaluation of TKF’s Circle of Peace Curriculum and California State University San Marcos College of Education, Spring 2018, TKF Restorative Workshop, Level 2 - 2018 Outcome Evaluation.


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(San Luis Obispo, Calif.) – After serving 23 years incarcerated in California prisons for the 1995 murder of 20-year-old Tariq Khamisa...

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Recent News

Newly free from prison, a man who killed at age 14 atones for his past and looks to his future.

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