ARK stands for ‘Acknowledge and Reward Kids. It is a system designed by Adams that rewards kids for good behavior. Carol has been involved in peace efforts ever since the 1992 riots in Los Angeles. It’s a personal mission for her as well, due to the fact that her daughter lives in that very area.
Adams goes to local elementary schools where she tried her best to teach kids not to accept violence as a normal way to handle conflict. Some of these children had started believing that it was all there was open to them, and she has vowed to change that attitude.
As of now, more than 400 kids are enrolled in ARK, which teaches them the skills they need to solve things by talking instead of violence. The kids take part in a six part program that shows them alternative ways of resolving problems.
Then, the kids are also able to pass those skills on to others.
To reward the kids for good behavior, they get to do things like go on shopping trips, go backstage at local Laker’s basketball games or they can choose to splurge on new clothing at a major children’s clothing store in the area.
Peace is being given a chance thanks to Adams and the Peacemaker’s Ark.