The Conflict Center equips people with practical skills to navigate, transform and embrace everyday conflict.
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 Program
-2017 - Restorative Practices Program is launched offering options to schools in the areas of Assessment, Planning, Training, Coaching and Evaluation. The Conflict Center's Executive Director retires and new Executive Director hired.
- 2018 - Major building clean-out and upgrades including new carpet, paint inside and out, signage, upgrades to technology, and installation of Little Free Library. Space freed up for expanded rental space, with a current total of seven tenants sharing space with TCC.
2019 - Restorative Denver Program started in partnership with the Denver DA's Office to handle municipal level criminal cases through restorative approaches.
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 30 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 TCC embark upon the next 30 years of peacemaking, the board and staff have finalized a new updated Strategic Plan to guide transition with new leadership and building reorganization and upgrades. The Conflict Center's current Strategic Plan addresses several key areas of change and growth including:
• Continue to grow Restorative Practices Programs in schools and districts throughout the metro area.
• Expand the use of Restorative Practices into the criminal justice arena through the Restorative Denver Program in partnership with the Denver DA's Office.
• Launch the new Restoring Peace Parenting Program, based on restorative principles and practices.
• Continue to find avenues to increase youth voice and participation in TCC's work.
• Strengthen fees for service and develop other entrepreneurial approaches to fundraising.
• Create outreach and marketing teams to build new partnerships with referral sources.
• Increase TCC's reach as an approved vendor for school districts, county human service departments and professional development for state personnel.
"I think that literature and storytelling is one of the best ways wot build compassion in children. Reading for Peace aligns with the skills we have been learning and practicing in the classroom." - teacher
"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