Dear Friends of the DRC,
As our kids in our community are headed back to school, we wanted to update you on some exciting developments with the DRC’s work to support youth. This year, the DRC started holding peacemaking circles in the Washtenaw County Juvenile Court and has been able to successfully divert cases from adjudication to resolution.
In the schools, youth are asking for DRC services like peer mediation. We’re excited to support our next generation of kids in this way, and we recently received grant funding from the Jenkins Family Foundation to provide youth with more training for peer mediation. The DRC will be working with students from five schools throughout Washtenaw County during the 2019/2020 school year.
We are asking for your support for a program the DRC is designing with its partners, the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, the Youth Arts Alliance and the local Michigan Juvenile Justice Youth Advisory Board. The program is aimed at fostering positive youth relationships, leadership skills and civic engagement using the arts and restorative justice practices. The current grant funding is for one year. We are asking for your help to make the program a three-year project.
Our fundraising goal, in addition to the grant, is to raise $10,000, which we think we can do with the support of good friends of the DRC like you! A donation to the DRC would greatly help us continue to extend our affordable services to the youth of our communities.
Thank you for your support of the DRC. It is because of you that we are able to continue to provide this important work in our community.
Please consider donating TODAY!
Board of Directors, President