Kids First of Cedar Rapids is pleased to announce the launch of a new program, Youth Peace Project (YPP).
At the center of Kids First’s work is a focus on conflict-resolution and changing patterns of behavior to create more positive relationships for kids. Specific to YPP is the use of restorative practices to resolve conflict that arises between students or between students and teachers. The program is being piloted at Wilson Middle School in Cedar Rapids.
Punitive discipline approaches (like suspensions) exclude students and can make them disengage from learning. And when students return to the classroom, the conflict remains. In contrast, restorative practices resolve the underlying harm and restore relationships, which ensures a better future for all.
Arianna Crum is leading the Youth Peace Project. Ari received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Grace Abbott School of Social Work and her law degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law.
For more information about YPP click here.