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Tariq Khamisa Foundation

The mission of the Tariq Khamisa Foundation is to create safer schools and communities through educating and inspiring children in the restorative principles of accountability, compassion, forgiveness, and peacemaking.

Our Story

Tariq Khamisa Foundation is dedicated to teaching and inspiring peace, hope, and forgiveness in youth and setting them on a path towards opportunity. With the goal of creating safer schools and communities, our character-building programs teach children the principles of accountability, compassion, forgiveness, and peacemaking. The programs and curricula TKF provides instills hope for those vulnerable due to exposure to violence, crime, harm, and poverty. 

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.

Tariq Khamisa

Our Impact

TKF Peacemaker Assembly Impacts


500 school presentations


85% learned lessons on being kind to others


73% learned how to resolve anger and conflict without violence

TKF Restorative Workshop Impacts


86% learned how to take actions to prevent or resolve problems


82% learned to be positive about themselves


76%  learned how to be peacemakers

TKF Peace Educator Impacts


A school data analysis revealed for TKF mentored youth


Misconduct levels declined by 67%


Truancy levels declined by 72% 

TKF Is Creating Safer Schools


TKF’s Safe School Model had an active campus presence at a local middle school for three years. During that time the school’s


Suspension Rates Declined
from 16.7% to 6.1%

Tony’s Blog

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  • 7th Grade student, La Mesa Arts Academy


    "The confidence that TKF has helped me built has allowed me to speak my mind and stand up for myself."

  • 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.”


  • 10th Grader, Chula Vista High School


    “The TKF Assembly honestly made me expand my knowledge on how to "think" and make wise decisions and to never resort to violence. Violence is never the answer. This impacted my school greatly because it opened the eyes of many.”


  • Student , Berry Elementary School


    "What I learned from TKF is how to make good choices...I will try to be a peacemaker in my school, at home, and everywhere outside of my house. I will do everything in my power to be a peacemaker."

  • 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."


  • 7th Grader, Rancho Del Ray Middle School


    “The TKF curriculum classes taught me how to be a better person.”


  • 5th Grader, Spring Valley Academy


    “I learned about kindness and being a good friend. I made new friends at the TKF Peace Club.”


Our Newsletter

TKF 2018 Year in Review

TKF 501c3

TKF is a nonprofit (501c3) whose mission is To educate and inspire children in the restorative principles of accountability, compassion, forgiveness, peacemaking and support for safer schools and communities.