A People-Focused Solution

Restorative justice programs may offer the best new hope for reducing violence in Oakland schools and the city overall, but their future funding is uncertain.

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Recent Comments, May 23, 2013

I am happy to see the EBX give some love to the OUSD RJ program and the student leaders and adults who make it happen. Jean Tepperman did a great job capturing the essence of what we are trying to do, and I am so glad she could highlight some of the amazing individuals doing this work in our schools. 

It is important to note that at Montera Middle School, local non-profit SEEDS Community Resolution Center has been an integral partner in this work. Principal Tranzor and indefatigable Montera parent Nina Senn, who is a Montera PTO member and the SEEDS Board President, coordinated efforts to make sure that Ms. Yari's hours were increased beyond what the Oakland Fund for Children and Youth had so generously given her via the Peer RJ Grant. This increase in hours allowed Yari to include parent volunteers and increase the scope of her RJ work and really make a substantive difference at the school site. There are many unsung heroes and it is impossible to name them all. In this case, we would be remiss not to mention Nina Senn and SEEDS. 

Thank you EBX for highlighting this very important work as we shift the culture and climate at our schools. 

David Yusem
Program Manager, Restorative Justice
Oakland Unified School District

http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/david-yusem/Profile?oid=3558505

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