Restorative Justice for Vallejo Youth: Organizing for Health Schools and Neighborhoods
New Dawn is launching the Organizing for Health Schools and Neighborhoods Program funded by the California Endowment. The purpose of the grant is to improve student health and well-being by organizing youth and adult residents to support positive school discipline and school climate reform in Vallejo. The three areas of instruction would be on improving soft skills, leadership and advocacy and personal development.
The goals are:
- Keep youth and young adults safe and expose them to caring productive environments where they may learn and strive, and
- Engage more young people in organizing and advocacy for systems change to create healthy learning environments in schools.
- Provide a series of classes through a consulting juvenile justice expert for youth at-risk for incarceration.
The objectives of this program are the following:
- At least 50 young people will participate in organizing events to support restorative justice in their schools.
- At least 30 young people and parents attend school board meetings to advocate for full implementation of restorative justice in Vallejo Schools.
- More young people have a positive vision for their own health as evidenced by at least 50 young people participate in pre and post survey conducted by New Dawn Vallejo on their relationships with school; at least 70% of the young people relate in survey responses that they have developed the following mindset:
- They like/enjoy school.
- They can visualize themselves graduating from high school.
- They can visualize themselves attending college.
- They can visualize what they want to “be” when they grow up.
- Fewer young people in the City of Vallejo have contact with the justice system, as evidenced by Juvenile arrest rates in Vallejo decline in 2017.
The focus age groupings are : Junior 13-17 Adults 18-25
Target Audience: Young people living in Vallejo and attending the Vallejo City Unified School District, inner-city residents, youth and young adults exiting the Juvenile Justice System, high school dropouts and other individuals seeking to further their life skills.
NDVC hosted the “Walk for Justice” march on Monday, January 21, 2019 where we were joined by Solano County students, parents, educators, agencies and community organizations as we marched in support of educating students around restorative justice in education helping to raise awareness.