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Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY)


RJOY works to interrupt tragic cycles of incarceration, violence, unsafe schools and communities, and wasted lives by promoting a cultural shift toward restorative responses to harm. We actively engage youth, their victims, and their families, schools, and communities in a shared search for ways to repair harmed relationships and prevent their recurrence. We provide education, training, and technical assistance and collaboratively launch demonstration programs with our school, community, juvenile justice, and research partners.  Beginning in 2007, RJOY’s city-funded West Oakland Middle School pilot project eliminated violence and expulsions and reduced suspension rates by 87%. By the end of our time at Cole, students conducted their own peacemaking circles and learned to communicate in non-violent ways. We continue this groundbreaking work in some of Oakland’s most challenging schools, and you can partner with us by becoming a donor of much needed supplies.


“Without Community Initiatives, California would not see the impact of hundreds of beneficial projects. They are an important part of our nonprofit landscape.”
Pamela H. David Executive Director, Walter and Elise Haas Fund