Transforming lives, schools, and troubled neighborhoods from the inside out by involving those suffering the problem, empowering local leaders to identify capacities of residents and help them to achieve their potential.
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The principles of the market economy should be applied to the solution of societal problems.

About Us
Our Proven Impact
VFZs improve student behavior and performance at high-risk middle and high schools in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as evidenced by Baylor University's 2015 case study.
Violence-Free Zone Results
A Proven Model for Stopping Violence in the Schools & Creating Peace in the Community
9.3% Increase
in GPA per VFZ student
8% Higher
rate of graduation from high school than non-VFZ students
23% Reduction
in truancy incidents per VFZ students per month

Those suffering the problem must be involved in the creation and implementation of the solution.

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The Woodson Center operates throughout the nation to help community and faith-based organizations with training, technical assistance, and linkages to sources of support. The Center chronicles and interprets their experiences to make recommendations for public policy and works to remove barriers that hamper their efforts to solve societal problems.

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Blog & News
blog September 13, 2018
Woodson Center Newsletter – September 13, 2018
By Woodson Center
blog August 22, 2018
Paul Ryan Praises Hope for Prisoners Program
By Woodson Center
blog July 17, 2018
We Can, and Must, End the Foster Care Trap
By Bob Woodson
blog August 12, 2018
A Year After Charlottesville, Extremists on All Sides Endanger Our Future
By Bob Woodson