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The Conflict Center

TCC sees conflict as an opportunity to build and deepen relationships and solve problems creatively. Through trainings and classes, participants expand empathy and translate anger into productive actions and behaviors. Join us and become a peacemaker in your home, school and community.

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Restorative Denver

Class

Crime & Legal 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Offenders, Ex-Offenders

Description

The Conflict Center, working in partnership with the Denver DA's Office, has designed and implemented a new restorative approach to adult municipal cases coming through the criminal justice system as an alternative to the court process and diversion from incarceration.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Cases are tracked in partnership with the Denver DA's Office to determine the extent to which each case was successfully handled through a restorative process and if the agreements from this process were successfully completed. Both offenders, victims and community members will provide feedback on their satisfaction with the process. It is projected that about 100 cases will be handled during the first year of the program.

Reading for Peace

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)

Description

This program sends groups of trained volunteers into elementary schools throughout the school year. The volunteers go from classroom to classroom reading to small groups of students. Carefully selected books are provided by The Conflict Center related to themes around feelings, friendship, problem solving, differences, kindness and empathy. Volunteers read and discuss the stories with elementary students throughout the metro area. Outreach, dialogue and planning with schools is currently in process for the next school year to find creative ways to offer this program through on-line platforms and meet the needs of students and teachers.We are also continuing to develop a model of training teens to read with younger kids.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Each year numerous schools request the program, both new and returning schools, with students, teachers and volunteers all giving very positive feedback about the program.

Hot Spot Mapping

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Teachers

Description

Using survey and mapping tools, The Conflict Center surveys students and asks them to mark the safe and unsafe areas in and around their school and to identify which teachers they feel most safe talking to. Data is analyzed by grade level, gender and gender identity. This information helps schools to identify safe areas and to address unsafe areas in and around their schools. An on-line survey instrument has been developed and tested and will continue to be used and adapted to the most current situations in schools.

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Evidence of Program's Success

This program was piloted two years ago and a baseline was established at one high school. The survey will be repeated in the current school year to begin to compare results and work with the school to map out additional strategies to increase safety. This program is being adapted in response to the changing guidelines and challenges that schools will be facing in the next school year.

School Program - Restorative Practices

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Families
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Teachers

Description

Restorative Practices Programs provides schools with the tools and systems necessary to change traditional punitive disciplinary practices. Restorative Practices offer tools for classroom management and disciplinary approaches that are effective, inclusive and equitable, and engage students in dialogue, problem solving and other processes that build safer, more productive school communities. The Restorative Practices Program offers schools and school districts the following tools: Assessment, Planning, Training, Coaching, Evaluation. All offerings are designed to build sustainable and positive school cultures. All of TCC's RP trainings are now available through on-line platforms, including RP 101 Introduction to RP; RP 201RP Prevention through Classroom Management; and RP 301 RP interventions through RP Circles. Other program offerings are also currently being adapted to on-line formats and have been piloted over the past few months to be responsive to the changing needs of schools.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Schools experience dramatic reductions in classroom conflicts, suspensions, and expulsions, teachers are able to spend more time teaching and less time refereeing disputes, students take the initiative to solve their own conflicts using the skills they learn from TCC's School program

Addressing Conflict and Anger Effectively Skill-building Classes for Youth and Adults

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Families
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Parents

Description

This program area includes both youth and adult anger and conflict management classes, parenting classes for teens and adults, and day-long workshops for adults. TCC works with youth who have been identified by juvenile courts and schools as being at risk of delinquency due to high-risk behaviors, teaching emotional intelligence, communication skills and critical decision making skills for self-management. Court-referred and voluntary adult participants receive skill-building designed to strengthen conflict management and communication skills. Parents of all ages may participate in parenting classes. A new parenting series that aligns with the Five R's of restorative practices has been piloted in the past year. Both youth and adult classes enable participants to make positive and non-violent choices to reduce physical, verbal and emotional violence as a response to stress and conflict in school, family, and the workplace and prevent further involvement in the criminal or juvenile justice systems. Classes are offered in a weekly series format as well as weekend intensive formats. All content an be further tailored to meet the needs of specific groups. All classes have been adapted to on-line formats and will be offered again on-site and at community-based locations when it is safe and permissible to do so. Classes are available in both English and Spanish.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Statistically significant results on pre-post surveys indicate that youth and adults who take TCC's skill building classes learn and apply skills to deal with conflicts in a positive manner, improve communication skills, and build empathy.

Social Norming

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)
Teachers

Description

Social Norming is a strength-based approach that builds on assets that students already possess, such as positive internalized behaviors and beliefs. Social norming is a unique approach to violence prevention, because unlike many other prevention/intervention strategies that approach the problem on the individual and relationship levels, social norming works on the hard-to-reach community and society levels of the CDC's socio-ecological model. An initial baseline survey is taken to identify gaps between actual and perceived norms of acceptable behavior within a specific population. Using the survey results, a campaign is designed to educate students about the actual norms among their student body in order to create a "positive peer pressure." A follow-up survey is administered to determine rates of change in perceived norms and self-reported behavior based on those norms. This program is focused on youth leadership and voice to both define the problem and create messaging and solutions. This program is currently being adapted to fit the changing format and needs of youth and their school community.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Documented shifts in perceived norms that indicate movement toward actual norms through annual school-wide survey.

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