“What I do it’s beautiful, it’s challenging, yet rewarding,” Francisco Carbajal said. The program, Restorative Community Conference, is facilitated by the National Conflict Resolution Center, an organization that provides resources to organizations, communities and individuals to solve conflict. As opposed to a juvenile entering the criminal justice system, the restorative justice program provides an alternative to suspensions or expulsions by allowing the individual to take responsibility of their actions. The program involves having the person who committed the crime or “responsible youth” to speak with the person harmed, community members, and anyone else involved in a circle giving everyone a voice.
“We do not resolve conflicts for other people. We teach people and train people how to resolve conflicts on their own.” - Kathryn Shade, Senior Program Manager of NCRC’s Center for Community Cohesion The Center for Community Cohesion (CCC) is our community-based initiative to help bring cohesiveness, strength, resiliency, and support for San Diegans of all backgrounds and cultures. Members in the community can participate in our Art of Inclusive Communication training for free and have their challenges heard, find ways to confront differences in a civil manner and receive support through community partner referrals and wraparound services.
This story of Serena and Hannah is a testament to the constructive properties that restorative justice has to offer. This non-traditional approach prompts both the offender and the offended to work together to repair the damage inflicted—a tactic that the pipeline to prison fails to address. "Restorative justice is a proactive approach versus reactive. It holds youth accountable for their actions while giving them a voice. It provides healing for the victim and the offender, as well as the community." - Officer John Serrano, @SanDiegoUnified Police (Ret.)
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For this week's #MindsetMonday, National Conflict Resolution Center honors our local peacemakers that have made a significant contribution to conflict resolution in the San Diego community. We are honored to recognize these great awardees: Bishop Cornelius Bowser (Gun Violence, Charity Apolistic Church), Imam Hassane (Civility in Politics, Islamic Center San Diego) Steve Binder (Housing for the Homeless, San Diego Homeless Court Program) ,and Kim Sontag-Mulder (Gender Equity, San Diego Area National Organization for Women).
On Saturday, April 6, 2019, we celebrated our 31st Annual Peacemaker Awards Dinner to shine a bright light on the importance of civility, peacemaking and social justice in a world filled with conflict. Thank you to all of our attendees, sponsors, and honorees for supporting the National Conflict Resolution Center - NCRC's work to unite people, cultures, and organizations through civility and inclusive communication, such as our Avoiding the Pipeline to Prison initiative. Congratulations again to all of this year's honorees!
Congratulations to Sontag-Mudler, Co-President of the @NationalNOW San Diego Chapter, for being a Local Peacemaker Honoree. In addition resurrecting the NOW San Diego Chapter, Mudler has continued to make positive change in the face of adversity, advocating for #GenderEquity and opportunities for all.
National Conflict Resolution Center's Local Peacemaker Honoree, Imam Taha Hassane--Dir. of Islamic Center of San Diego - ICSD-- has embodied NCRC's value of standing up for the voiceless by addressing politically sensitive issues such as #RacialInjustice and #Immigration in the face of adversity.