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The Power of Restorative Justice

Here’s a great video showing how students can become restorative circle leaders themselves from La Follette High School in Madison, Wisconsin.


The importance of teachers, public education and teachers of color

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week everyone!  Check out these videos of the 2016 National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes:

Restorative Justice in Schools: Bringing Healing and Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline

Here are two great videos about work being done in schools to break the school to prison pipeline through restorative justice.  Hear from the students and teachers themselves who are implementing it!

Inspirational Baltimore Teens Healing Divisions

Check out this video of a group called The Inner Harbor Project that has teens working with the police in the city of Baltimore to heal divisions.  The group’s mission statement is:

“The Inner Harbor Project is a model for social change that identifies teenagers who are leaders among their peers, equips them with research and professional skills, and organizes them to come up with solutions to issues that divide our society on the basis of race, class and culture.”

9 Year Old Taylor Moxey, the Baking Entrepreneur

Check out this TED talk of 9 year old Taylor Moxey and how she started her baking career:

Check out a more recent video here on this page:

Young People in Boston Win Weekends for Student Pass Holders!

Recently, young people from the Youth Affordability Coalition reached a big milestone in their campaign to make the T more affordable for young people.  Students in the fall will be able to purchase a student pass at the current price that will extend to include weekends!  The current pass only covers weekdays leaving young people to pay full price on the weekends.

This allows 25,000 students in the 2014 to 2015 academic year weekend access to trains and buses for school events, jobs, medical appointments, family obligations, sports, arts, cultural activities and more.

Read more about their victory here.

The Youth Affordability Coalition continues to campaign for a $10 monthly youth pass.  Support their efforts by signing their petition here.

Young people marching for fair fares for the youth.

Young people marching for fair fares for the youth.

Creative ways to confront power!

Creative ways to confront power!

The Story of Tommy and Restorative Justice

Check out Tommy’s story recently published on Restorative Justice for Oakland’s Youth’s (RJOY) work called “Discipline with Dignity: Oakland Classrooms Try Healing Instead of Punishment.”

“According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control, a student’s sense of belonging to a high school community is a top protective factor against violence and incarceration.”

The work of RJOY in schools has been so successful that Oakland School Board passed a resolution adopting Restorative Justice as a system-wide alternative to zero tolerance discipline.