The Conflict Center's mission is to prevent physical, verbal, and emotional violence by partnering with individuals and communities to shift perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors through education and skill-building.
TCC was founded in 1987 to reduce the levels of physical, verbal and emotional violence in our lives, families, schools, congregations, workplaces and communities. Committed to providing at least 50% of its services to low-income clients, TCC believes that people of all socioeconomic levels should have access to skills to reduce violence, improve communication, and strengthen relationships. TCC's motto is "Conflict is inevitable, violence is not" and its values include peacemaking based in justice, encouraging relationships based on mutual respect, violence prevention through education and skill building, celebration of diversity, commitment to building a peaceful community, service to persons living in poverty, practicing forgiveness, and establishing a safe space where individuals are free to create and maintain dialogue.
Below are some key accomplishments of The Conflict Center's from the past decade:
- 2002 - Received Westword's award for "Best Place for Disgruntled Coworkers."
- 2003 - TCC co-sponsored the 5th Annual Youth Peace Leadership Conference for students, grades 3rd through 12th, serving over 500 students and staff from 43 schools statewide.
- 2005 - TCC was chosen to participate in The Colorado Trust's 3-year Bullying Prevention Initiative.
- 2006 - TCC included in a statewide Compassion Capital capacity building grant under the leadership of the Partnership for Families and Children.
- 2007 - TCC's 20th Anniversary. Funding received from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Centers for Disease Control to pilot an expansion of the School Program from a one-year to a three-year program.
- 2009 - received a grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to conduct a three-year social norming program at East High School to address teen relationship violence. TCC also received a two-year grant from the Statewide Strategic Use Fund to teach social and emotional skills to economically disadvantaged youth and adults in residential and transitional housing facilities.
- 2010 - TCC was awarded a second grant from CDPHE to replicate its Teen Dating Violence social norming project at a second Denver area school. TCC also participated in the Teen Dating Violence Prevention Initiative, a task force assembled by CDPHE to study the risk and protective factors around sexual assault and to gauge the Denver-Aurora community's ability to respond to the needs of victims.
- 2011 - TCC worked with Life Skills of Denver to provide Emotional Intelligence and Critical Decision Making classes to students on-site at the school. TCC also received funding from the Regional Office of Violence against Women to provide female-specific programming for teen girls and young women.
- 2012 - Worked with Littleton Public Schools to provide teacher training and EICDM classes for youth at four alternative high schools, funded through a grant by the Colorado Department of Education. Also entered into a multi-year partnership with Denver Public Schools Extended Learning Communities to provide training in conflict management, restorative justice, and classroom management for staff, and parenting classes in English and Spanish for parents of K-8 students.
- 2013 - TCC partnered with Project PAVE, Denver Children's Advocacy Center, and the Center for Domestic Violence at the University of Colorado Denver to form Mile High STRIVE, a violence prevention collaborative funded by the Office of Violence against Women, to provide violence prevention services at four Denver public schools.
- 2014 - TCC was joined in its Tejon St. facility by two new tenants, Project PAVE and the Colorado Anti-Violence Project, to create a new peacemaking campus in northwest Denver.
- 2016 - TCC begins work to form a new Restorative Practices Institute to be launched in 2017.
-2017 - Restorative Practices Program is being piloted in three schools. The Conflict Center's Executive Director retires and new Executive Director being hired.
Violence is recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a major health problem for children and teens, although no one is immune. During high stress times the need for social and emotional skill building is increasingly important to help people of all ages understand and manage their emotions, utilize creative problem solving approaches, make positive decisions and communicate in peaceful and productive ways in their families, workplaces, schools, and communities. For over 25 years The Conflict Center (TCC) has forwarded its mission to prevent physical, verbal, and emotional violence by partnering with individuals and communities to shift perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors through education and skill-building. As we embark upon our next twenty-five years of peacemaking, I would like to share some of the elements that continue to guide us in our work.
The Conflict Center has adopted a strategic plan to ensure that the organization continues to expand its impact within the Denver metro area while staying focused on the mission and values for which it was founded. This strategic plan includes emphasis on maintaining excellence in programs, creating diversified and sustainable funding strategies, and establishing partnerships within and across the nonprofit and for-profit sectors to create a multi-faceted approach to violence prevention.
A key element of the strategic plan is a standing Inclusivity Committee comprised of board, staff, and community members who lead assessment and planning activities. The Inclusivity Committee has created a blueprint which was approved by the Board of Directors to ensure that all policies, outreach efforts and programming reflect culturally competent practices.
The Conflict Center remains committed to providing at least 50% of its services to low-income clients, with the belief that people of all socioeconomic levels should have access to skills to reduce violence and strengthen relationships. This is accomplished by utilizing grant funds, donations, and revenue generated by fee-for-service activities to subsidize fees for low-income individuals, families, and schools.
The core skills TCC teaches have endured over the years while the teaching methods have evolved with new evidence-based approaches; the addition of innovative strategies such as social norming and restorative justice; strengthening evaluation methods; and creating entrepreneurial approaches for packaging curricula and reaching new populations. With a solid financial foundation, strong leadership and staff, and dedicated supporters and volunteers, The Conflict Center is positioned to be the leader in violence prevention in the Denver metro area.
Michael Hoops, Former Board President
"I wish I had the communication skills from these classes 3 or 4 years ago so I wouldn't have made the choices I had. I would have been able to actually talk to my dad about anything." - youth class participant
"I've been able to develop a relationship with my mom because of some of the skills I learned in here. It's not perfect but it's better." - school-based youth class participant
"I have noticed a 100% transformation of my students over the school year! ... The children are kind to each other and they demonstrate peaceful problem-solving skills on a daily basis." teacher, Place Bridge Academy
"It's something I wish I would have latched on to twenty years ago." - adult class series participant
"This class has helped me in my life very much because I learned to say no when I don't like something, or when I am not feeling well Now people cannot manipulate me, when I say no is no." - adult female-specific class series participant