by Elizabeth Larsen
The first case I solo mediated at New York Peace Institute was a Small Claims Court diversion case involving two iconic West Village institutions. It was a riotous success with colorful characters and a heck of a lot of fun to mediate. Though mediation is confidential and we don’t reveal information about our cases without the consent of the parties, these particular clients described themselves as the perfect parties for mediation and asked that we profile their experience with us.READ MORE
Our Restorative Justice Coordinator Skye Roper-Moses and Assistant Principal Calise working with a student at Rachel Carson High School. (r-l).
Alternatives to Suspension: Rachel Carson High School and Restorative Justice By Anne Marie McFadyen and Emily Sernaker
Michael Calise was tired of suspending students. As a high school Assistant Principal, suspension was one of his only available consequences. Looking for other options, he signed up to attend a Restorative Justice Conference hoping he would discover more effective ways of approaching school discipline.
“There are a lot of mandates to get rid of kids when there’s a problem,” says Mr. Calise. “But it doesn’t work. It doesn’t decrease the recidivism rate. Every time we decided to suspend, it never actually fixed the interaction”.READ MORE
Folks, here’s a very special guest blog from my wonderful colleagues JoAn and Emily!JoAn Pangilinan-Taylor and Judge Cannataro in Manhattan Civil Court
Empowering People in Civil Court:
An Interview with the Honorable Judge Anthony Cannataro
By JoAn Pangilinan-Taylor and Emily Sernaker
New York Peace Institute deploys specially-trained mediators in Manhattan and Brooklyn Civil Court to help people resolve financial and civil matters. We offer this free resource with the support of the Unified Court System of New York and Civil Court judges. Manhattan Civil Court Supervising Judge Anthony Cannataro sat down with us to discuss our partnership and why this innovative approach works.READ MORE
Folks, we’re so lucky to work with amazing organizations, advocates and partners in our mission to build peace in New York City and beyond. This is the first article in a series profiling our wonderful peace partners, written by our very own Emily Sernaker, Development and Outreach Officer.A Special Thank You to Advocates for Children’s Ana Espada
By Emily Sernaker
Today we honor Ana Espada, an incredible education advocate! Ana has been providing specialized support and resources to children with disabilities and disciplinary issues since 1988. As a Co-Director and Parent Information Specialist at Advocates for Children, Ana changes students’ lives by helping them address educational challenges.READ MORE
Here’s Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Press Release announcing their Restorative Justice Project. We’re honored to be working with them at the Rachel Carson High School for Coastal Studies in Coney Island.
Nonprofits to Partner with Schools for 4-Year Pilot Initiative in Collaboration with NYC DOE and Mayor’s Leadership Team on School Climate and Discipline
October 15, 2015 (Brooklyn, NY) – Today, Brooklyn Community Foundation announces grants to four expert restorative justice providers to launch full-time, in-school programs in four Brooklyn public schools beginning this fall, via the new Brooklyn Restorative Justice Project.READ MORE