Local Organizations

Alternatives Inc.
Alternatives’ Restorative Justice Program provides training and technical assistance to help Chicago schools implement restorative alternatives to suspension and detention. We recognize that each school has a unique culture and we work with staff and students to build the skills and knowledge they need to implement restorative peer jury, peer mediation, and talking circles.

A Long Walk Home
Uses art therapy and the visual and performing arts to end violence against girls and women. Features testimonies and art by survivors and their allies in order to provide forums through which the public can learn about healing from and preventing gender violence.

Broadway Youth Center
Offers lgbtq youth a safe, fun place to hang out and connect with friends and other youth. Health and education workshops, social and support group meetings also occur on a daily basis. The BYC provides a safe haven for youth where individuality and uniqueness are appreciated, not admonished.

Building Communities, Ending Violence (DePaul University)
Through strategy sessions for collective intervention, peacemaking circles, and other transformative practices, we offer space for reflection, dialogue and skill building for cultivating collective healing, intervention, accountability, and transformation. (buildingcommunities.depaul@gmail.com)

Chicago Area Project
CAP in partnership with Cook County Restorative Justice Collective (CCRJC) presents restorative Justice approaches for CPS students and school staff and conducts peer-jury trainings for CPS, for Alternative Schools, and CPS Parent Trainings. In addition, one of their affiliates, Wentworth Residents for Survival, have an ongoing Circle program in Wentworth Gardens to support new and established residents to come together to build community.

Chicago Taskforce on Violence against Girls and Young Women
The Taskforce was established in order to bring groups from across Chicago together to learn from one another, share strategies and best practices, & develop new and comprehensive models of responding to violence against girls.

Circles and Ciphers: A Leadership Training Program for Young Men
A leadership development program for young men who are prison, court, and gang involved. Through the use of improvisational hip-hop freestyle ciphers, as well as talking and peacemaking circles, participants will respond to this tragic pattern as community organizers: they will design a new, autonomous, nonviolent gang tailored to their unique needs. Developed by volunteers of Project NIA and also supported by Afterschool Matters.

Community Justice for Youth Institute
Builds community capacity to resolve youth conflict through restorative justice training, technical assistance, and advocacy. Offers trainings in Peacemaking Circles and Restorative Justice practices for communities, schools, and other institutions.

Community Organizing for Family Issues (COFI): Elementary Justice Campaign
Works to redirect the school to prison pipeline through organizing to end “zero tolerance” policies and push for more restorative justice programming. They’ve developed a Parent-to-Parent Guide: Restorative Justice in Chicago Public Schools which is available on their website.

Community Restorative Justice Hubs (Chicago)
RJ Hubs are a community led restorative justice approach to youth crime and conflict. Our vision is that RJ Hubs are safe spaces in the community where youth are welcomed and supported in building healthy relationships, expressing themselves, addressing trauma, and developing necessary skills and competencies. Importantly, the RJ Hub model is directly informed by the latest science on childhood trauma. It is designed as a strategy for helping people to move beyond the effects of adverse childhood experiences, guiding them towards sustainable healing and growth.

Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation
This organization supports youth in conflict with the law, their families, as well as victims of crime. It uses restorative justice as the basis of their interventions.

Project NIA
Through participatory action research, community engagement, education, and capacity-building, Project NIA facilitates community-focused responses to youth violence and crime. Excellent set of resources, reports, links, and events!

Restorative Justice in Action – Responsibility, Reconnection, Restoration – Cook County, IL
This website brings attention to the different models and practices of restorative justice being used to in Cook County to reduce crime, diminish recidivism, while restoring our communities to a culture of cooperation and peaceful coexistence.

Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois
A collective of radical lawyers, social workers, activists, and community organizers who are deeply committed to prison abolition, transformative justice,and gender self-determination.

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