Youth Advocacy Council


The Youth Advocacy Council (YAC) is a youth group within Restorative Justice Initiative (RJI) that is committed to the infusion of and advocacy for restorative justice in schools and communities. The YAC offers community events, workshops, and community circles centering youth.


Restorative Justice Initiative’s Youth Advocacy Council (YAC) is a youth leadership development program that equips NYC public school students and graduates (ages 15-20) to advocate for restorative practices in their communities as an approach to conflict resolution and violence and crime prevention by teaching restorative facilitation and advocacy skills. 

In June 2022, we launched our first Youth Advocacy Council cohort, and they have since been collaborating on RJI’s programing. With the support of RJI staff and community mentors, the YAC has facilitated multiple talks, workshops, introductions to restorative justice with community-based organizations (in person and online), and in schools, implementing what they have learned about advocacy and facilitation through our programs. 

After a recruitment phase beginning this summer, a second cohort of YAC members will be selected this fall to work together over a 10-month period, continuing to meet twice monthly with RJI staff to build skills and devise independent community projects to be executed with the support of their mentors.  

Inaugural Members
Leanne Nunes, Mari Woodley, Jasmine ‘Jazzy’ Fuller, Isabella Juma, Juzette Celis


Header Photo by Neha Guatam at the 2022 Roundtable on Restorative Practices

(L) Video courtesy of Jules Sharpe-Levine and The Circle Keepers