Once our team felt it was safe, they brought the youth together in a Restorative Circle. Together the group built trust and worked through issues.
It wasn’t a one-and-done situation; the team met with the youth weekly throughout the school year. Understanding and trust don’t happen overnight. There were good days and challenging days, but our team is relentless.
Peacebuilder Anthony Pearl said he felt a shift when, during a restorative circle, a youth advocated for a young man in a rival gang, moving from enemy to ally.