Metta Center for Nonviolence

Gradelo University partnered with the Metta Center for Nonviolence to design a Health Curriculum that meets both Federal and California Health Education Standards for grades 9 through 12.  The curriculum, "The Power Within: Reaching Our Highest Potential Through the Practice of Nonviolence" is available at no charge to educators nationwide. 

  • The objectives of the curriculum is for students to:
  • Describe the inter-relationships between emotional, intellectual, physical and social health.
  • Analyze how culture both supports and challenges health beliefs, practices and behaviors.
  • Evaluate the effects of media on personal and family health.
  • Evaluate the impact of technology on personal, family and community health.
  • Analyze the role of individual responsibility for enhancing health.
  • Demonstrates a variety of health practices and behaviors that will maintain or improve the health of self and others.


The Curriculum focuses on Vision, Concentration, Sense Training, and Nonviolence.

Insight Out and GRIP

Xcel University (now Gradelo University) joined Insight Out and visited with
participants in the GRIP (Guiding Rage Into Power) program at San Quentin
Prison. GRIP is a year-long transformative program that provides the tools
that enable prisoners to "turn the stigma of being a violent offender into a
badge of being a non-violent Peacekeeper." Not only have the men transformed
their own behavior, they have become agents of change - people with skills
to defuse conflicts around them.

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Metta World Peace & Heidi Visiting GRIP Tribe 662  

Warden Chappell, Jacques Verduin, and Metta World Peace

flyin' high...

SuiteKIDS Foundation

Students enjoying a SuiteKIDS Foundation VIP event at Staples Center in the comfort of a donated luxury suite.

Xcel University partnered with SuiteKIDS Foundation to make World Peace the
first "MVP" to participate in the newly launched SuiteKIDS MVP Program-a
celebrity endorsed, academic incentive program geared towards economically
disadvantaged students in the Partnership for LA Schools. SuiteKIDS produces
VIP experiences for deserving students who achieve specific, predetermined
academic or community based benchmarks. The inaugural incentive program was
"Metta's Math Challenge," a district-wide math contest among Partnership for
LA's middle schools, located in Watts and South Los Angeles.

The top performing students over this two month contest were rewarded with a
corporate sponsored, SuiteKIDS VIP experience at the Knicks / Clippers game
on November 27th. "Metta's Math Challenge" contest winners and school
administrators were transported to Staples Center in a limousine, where, in
the comfort of a fully catered, private luxury suite, they watched Metta
World Peace make his return to Los Angeles and met him for pictures and
autographs after the game.

Math Masters

A.R.T.E.S.T. MATH MASTERS was an innovative focus on elementary mathematics skills for students in third through fifth grades This high-interest and interactive curriculum was themed around Ron’s game statistics as students tracked his game statistics (minutes, points, rebounds, and assists) throughout the regular season.  Students incorporated the data in lessons on curriculum objectives, including quantitative reasoning, spatial reasoning, measurement, and probability and statistics, at A.R.T.E.S.T. work stations that were open every Wednesday for six weeks. The workstations were coordinated by the campus math lead teachers and the regional mathematics content specialists, facilitated by school staff members, as well as volunteers, consultants, and special guests. Students worked to earn fabulous A.R.T.E.S.T. prizes and were awarded for getting good grades.

Metta was a Mathematics major at St. John’s University, and the goal of the program was to motivate elementary students to become mathematicians.  This was a joint effort between the Houston Rockets organization and HISD to provide enriched curriculum to students in mathematics.  HISD developed the curriculum, and the Rockets and Xcel University provided incentives for students who participate.

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