New Grants Bring Restorative Justice Programs to Schools + More from Your Community Foundation

October 22, 2015

New Grants Bring Restorative Justice Programs to Four Brooklyn Schools 

Creating a Breakthrough Model to Reduce Suspensions, Improve School Culture

We are pleased to announce the selection of four expert providers who will launch comprehensive, full-time restorative justice programs in four Brooklyn public schools this fall.

This marks the exciting next phase of the Brooklyn Restorative Justice Project, a four-year partnership with the NYC Department of Education and Mayor’s Leadership Team on School Climate and Discipline to create a citywide model for school discipline reform.

Providers have received grants of $100,000 each to implement programs this year through our Invest in Youth initiative. 

The organizations and their schools partners are:

  • New York Peace Institute and the Rachel Carson High School for Coastal Studies in Coney Island
  • Good Shepherd Services and the School for Democracy and Leadership in East Flatbush
  • Partnership with Children and Ebbets Field Middle School in Crown Heights
  • Sweet River Consulting and Science Skills Center High School in Downtown Brooklyn

What is Restorative Justice?

This term encompasses a variety of practices that empower everyone affected by a harmful incident to decide collectively how to repair harm. In school districts around the country, programs have reduced suspensions, arrests, and incidents of violence, as well as improved attendance and graduation rates. 

Special Thanks: The Brooklyn Restorative Justice Project is made possible through gifts to The Community Fund. We are especially grateful to the members of our Youth Justice Funders Collaborative, the Fishman Family Fund, Claire Silberman, and ALLINBKLYN for their generous support.


Young Philanthropists Support Young Nonprofit Leaders  

Our young professionals’ committee Brooklyn Now is a vibrant group of like-minded Brooklynites who raise funds and make grants to support local nonprofits. 

This year, their work is supporting small Brooklyn-based nonprofits with emerging young leaders through grants to Neighbors Together, Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, and Northeast Brooklyn Housing and Development Corp

Learn more about getting involved with Brooklyn Now while dancing the night away this Saturday at their annual fundraiser, The Brooklyn Get Down. Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased online or at the door.

Filmmaker Amani Martin Joins Board 

Help us welcome the newest member of our Board of Directors, Amani Martin. He is Founder and President of Peaceful Warrior Productions, a Brooklyn-based television, film and digital media production company specializing in non-fiction programming for broadcast networks.

Previously, Amani was Director of Production for HBO Sports, where he won multiple Emmy Awards as a producer of the documentary, Brooklyn Dodgers: The Ghosts of Flatbush and Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel