Section 5.2289 of the Revised Code designates the first full week in October as “NonViolence Week.”
Enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Ohio.

“It’s more than just a week of events. It’s a way of living.”

On July 11, 2013, Governor Kasich signed Senate Bill Number 38 creating Nonviolence Week in Ohio. The 2021 Ohio Nonviolence Week is October 3th through 9th.

This bill was proposed by Mahoning Valley Sojourn to the Past students, which is a small group of Youngstown high school students, who in 2009, after experiencing a life changing journey called Sojourn to the Past, decided to have a Nonviolence Week in the Youngstown City Schools. In 2010, Mayor Jay Williams declared the first week in October to be Nonviolence Week in the city. In 2011, the Sojourn students petitioned the Youngstown City Council, the Youngstown school board and the Youngstown State University trustees asking each of them to pass a resolution making the first week in October Nonviolence Week permanently, and they all did. The Mahoning County commissioners passed a similar resolution in the fall of 2012.

In January 2013, at the request of Sojourn students, Senator Joe Schiavoni introduced the Nonviolence Week bill in the Ohio Senate. In May, two Sojourn students testified for the bill before the Ohio House of Representatives committee, and the House of Representatives passed the bill in June, sending it on to the governor for his signature. Sojourn students were in Columbus on July 11th to witness Governor Kasich signing the bill into law.