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The Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice advances the work, study, and practice of peacemaking, social justice, and violence prevention through the development of innovative educational programs, training, service, and research. Through the skills, knowledge and experiences we provide, we transform communities by empowering people.



The work of the Youth Charter with the Muhammad Ali Institute and Center is a remarkable social and cultural legacy of the 2004 New York Olympic Bid.

The 2010 Ali Scholars tour of the UK built on the highly successful 2006 Ali Scholars tour to the North West. The 2006 delegation visited the Youth Charter HQ at Salford Quays and experienced the regeneration and renewal of an area that was unique in its young people and wider community experience. The 2010 tour saw the Ali Scholars hosted in Salford and live on campus as guests of Salford University. The students engaged with campus students as well as the wider community and also attracted young people and community organisations from Salford and beyond. The Ali Scholars also experienced the social and cultural challenges and opportunities reflected in the university’s commitment to an improved intercultural experience. The legacy of the visit allowed the Youth Charter’s community campus and future working relationship with the University to develop a number of exciting community inclusion and student life experiences with a Memorandum of Understanding now in place reflecting the ongoing and future opportunities.

The Ali Scholars Program is a two-year degree supplement program offered by the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice for undergraduate students at the University of Louisville. The Program allows scholars the opportunity to gain awareness and insight about violence prevention, conflict resolution and peacemaking in an urban context.

Participants are exposed to the most cogent theories, strategies, and research in the areas of conflict, violence prevention, peacemaking and social justice and will be able to work alongside researchers, educators and activists on campus, in the local community, nationwide and around the world. Through this experience, scholars will become better trained and empowered to take individual action and leadership on issues of peace, violence and conflict.

Through their work with the Muhammad Ali Institute, Ali Scholars acquire a broad understanding of violence prevention, peacemaking and social justice issues and use this understanding to develop their expertise as leaders, activists and agents for social change. The Ali Scholars will develop particular expertise in an area of the work that best connects to their skills, interests and abilities and will conduct a research project in this expert area that will be relevant to the work of violence prevention and peacemaking locally and globally.