CRA is proud to present Black and Blue a hard-hitting drama about race, class and gender in the New Orleans Police District. The play is inspired by the life and philosophy of Yvonne Bechet, one of New Orleans first African American female police officers. Written by Ariadne Blayde, Directed by Troy Poplous and starring Carol Sutton, featured actress in such films as “The Help,” “Kidnapped” and “Ray.”
CRA launched its 1st GiveNOLA Day fundraising campaign.
What is GiveNOLA Day? It is a 24-hour, online giving event organized by the Greater New Orleans Foundation to ignite the giving community in Southeast Louisiana. The goal is to inspire the community to come together for 24 hours to contribute as many charitable dollars as possible to support the work of local nonprofit organizations.
CRA had a goal to raise $1,000 on GiveNOLA Day. On behalf of the Center for Restorative Approaches, the Board of Directors, and staff, THANK YOU for your donations which helped us achieve our fundraising goal.
CRA recently launched a Restorative Model School Initiative for Orleans Parish Schools for the 2017-18 school year. This initiative is designed to partner with a school committed to enhancing their efforts to build a strong, mutually respectful, safe, and inclusive school community through a whole school implementation of Restorative Approaches. The selected school will receive over $40,000 of in-kind support, training, and services to assist in the development of a Restorative Model School over a 12 month period beginning in the summer of 2017. The Restorative Model School Initiative is funded through a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
The CRA partnered with Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies to discuss trauma and the impact of restorative approaches when dealing with youth that have experienced trauma. Check out the storify from our Twitter conversation!
The CRA is happy to announce that we are officially part of the Amazon Smile program! To participate, simply replace your current Amazon bookmark with the following link and Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase to the CRA with no extra cost to you. Through Amazon Smile, you can effortlessly support the CRA every time you shop on Amazon.
We are very excited to announce that starting in July of 2015, The Center for Restorative Approaches received a grant totaling $100,000 over two years from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. CRA intends to use this grant to help bring restorative practices to local schools motivated to improve relationships and reduce high suspension and expulsion rates.
CRA is excited about the opportunity to work in partnership with the Kellogg Foundation to provide this valuable service for local youth most impacted by punitive discipline practices in New Orleans schools and the educators who are dedicated to keeping children in the classroom and transforming the way schools teach conflict resolution, effective communication skills, and build inclusive communities.
This two-year grant will fund the development of an initiative that will allow the best practices and lessons learned by local practitioners to be disseminated more readily in the Greater New Orleans community. Other local school leaders will get to see this work “in action” and how restorative practices can be used as tools to build school culture and reduce reliance on punitive discipline. We are very appreciative of this grant and the generosity of the Kellogg Foundation.
The Center for Restorative Approaches is so excited to announce that we have won two awards from Tulane University CACTUS, an organization that sponsors community wide service events on Tulane’s campus, and Tulane University’s Center for Public Service at their Community Involvement Awards. The first one is the Commitment to Children Award and the second one is Social Justice and Advocacy Award. We are so appreciative of this recognition and hope to continue to influence members of our community and maintain our relationship with Tulane University.
The CRA is also excited to announce that our very own facilitator, Avery Brewton, was invited to participate in the Stand for Children’s Inaugural Education Leadership Institute, the Urban Leaders for Equity and Diversity Fellowship and the StartingBloc Institute. We are so proud of all of your hard work. As a member of the ULEAD cohort, Avery was provided with the knowledge, resources, and network to act in support of sustaining quality education options and policies. It is important to CRA that our facilitators remain active in new education efforts that continue to develop over time. Avery has exemplified this commitment to community participation and personal development.
We wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year from the CRA team! In 2015, the CRA had an exceptional year facilitating Restorative Circles and Conversations and introducing Restorative Practices in schools. In 2015, 84% of the cases referred to us convened in circles, in which 97% resulted in an agreement and of those 83% of those agreements were compliant when CRA closed the cases. We had a 62% increase in the amount of referrals we received! The success of the CRA is thanks to all of the schools and community partners we work with! We look forward to continuing serving the greater New Orleans Community in 2016!
Thanks to the hard work of the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights, the CRA joins many local New Orleans organizations as a member of the Louisiana Youth Justice Coalition. This coalition aims to help move the agenda of current youth justice legislature in LA, a primary focus being on the age of trial as an adult moved from 17 to 18. We are excited to be a part of this Coalition and continue doing the work we love. To support them please follow them on Twitter (@LaYouthJustice) and on Facebook.
It is with pleasure that we announce our participation and support of the 3rd Biannual Youth Violence Prevention Summit: Changing the Culture of Violence sponsored by the New Orleans Health Department and Nola for Life taking place on Friday December 11th.
The summit will bring together youth, city officials, and community members to engage in a conversation on the topics of structural violence and its impact on community health.
The Center for Restorative Approaches is excited to lead a workshop and increase awareness of our mission.
CRA’s partnership with the City of New Orleans in the 2014-2015 school year was quite the success! As part of Mayor Landrieu’s ongoing commitment to reducing violence, NOLA FOR LIFE supported the expansion of Restorative Approaches in New Orleans Public Schools.
CRA committed to facilitate 60 circles but with 132 circle referral requests, we convened 109 circles with over 85% compliancy.
The Mayor “encourage(s) schools citywide to… (put) restorative approaches in practice”. Several of these partnerships were able to continue their training in Restorative Approaches and are practicing Restorative alternatives to this day. This includes ongoing coaching and professional development, tailored curricula for students and staff, as well as the continued facilitation of restorative circles by both CRA and school staff. Our team is honored to have the support of the Mayor’s office, and appreciates the opportunity to continue contributing to NOLA FOR LIFE.
Through support from the Louisiana Safe and Supportive Schools Initiative, CRA has been able to offer many trainings in Jefferson Parish. The Jeff Parish school board has been calling for shifts to Restorative Alternatives and this partnership is the first of several steps toward practicing alternative approaches across the Parish. Since our partnership with the Jefferson Parish Schools formed, we are happy to have done work at Bonnabel, Grace King, and West Jeff high schools. In the 2014-2015 school period we were able to train over 300 staff members on a wide range of Restorative Approaches topics. We were able to hold many implementation meetings, planning retreats and restorative circle alternatives. We look forward to future opportunities for bringing Restorative Approaches to Jeff Parish.