For youth in underserved San Diego neighborhoods, Francisco Carbajal is a turnaround specialist. He has a gift for diverting at-risk youth away from the juvenile justice system and toward a path to educational achievement and community leadership.
Francisco manages the Restorative Community Conferencing (RCC) Program at the National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) as part of the organization’s celebrated “Avoiding the Pipeline to Prison” initiative. With strong support from regional law enforcement and education leaders, the “Pipeline” program has kept many local youth in school and out of prison, and it has helped San Diego neighborhoods and families become stronger.
Working out of NCRC’s City Heights field office and its Center for Community Cohesion in Southeast San Diego, Francisco has helped position NCRC as a pioneer in the field of restorative justice. He is also a member of the San Diego County Juvenile Justice Commission, recommending and elevating much-needed changes to the juvenile justice system so youth can thrive.