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Youth Justice

Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy

On September 24th, national and local advocates and practitioners came together at the Brooklyn Museum in front of an audience of over 200 people to discuss the school-to-prison pipeline and innovative alternatives to combat this crisis. 

Sarah Williams
Board Member, Brooklyn Community Foundation

The more we know about the adolescent brain, the more we understand how hard it is for young people to assess risk, problem-solve, and control their impulses. It is no wonder that this stage of brain development puts young people in a world of trouble on a regular basis.

The visit was a valuable opportunity to see restorative practices first-hand, talk with school leaders, and experience the transformational power of Restorative Justice.

Skye Roper-Moses
Restorative Justice Coordinator, New York Peace Institute

Guest blogger Skye Roper-Moses from New York Peace Institute writes about the way she's working with students, teachers, and staff at Rachel Carson High School in Coney Island to create a Restorative Justice program molded to their individual needs.

Nicole Lavonne Smith
Restorative Justice Coordinator at Sweet River Consulting

Guest blogger Nicole Lavonne Smith from Sweet River Consulting shares their approach to Restorative Justice and how they're helping to build a new model for school discipline through our Brooklyn Restorative Justice Project. 

Last year we launched an ambitious leadership initiative to change the way children are disciplined in our schools. With $1.6 million committed over four years, through our Brooklyn Restorative Justice Project we are bringing nonprofit experts into four pilot schools to transform the way students, teachers and leaders respond to harmful incidents on campus.

Watch the full segment. 

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