Our hope is to bring together a group of young, New York City residents who are excited to center the presence, participation, and leadership of youth within Restorative Justice through a year-long program focusing on the intersection of grassroots community building and advocacy.
The interplay between restorative justice advocacy and implementation in schools continues to shift. Schools are spending more energy navigating the changing COVID protocols and the immediate, often pressing, needs of students, parents, and educators which has made the day-to-day practice of restorative justice harder to implement. Even with a new administration in City Hall, there hasn’t been much change in the aspects of the city budget that impact the criminalization of youth in schools.
A year after New York’s lockdown began in March 2020, we are reflecting on 12 months of restorative justice work within the context of the global pandemic.