February 2, 2019
Pa’lante Restorative Justice: Building a Youth-led RJ Program From the Ground Up
Schools across the country are turning to restorative justice as an alternative to exclusionary discipline practices that push students out of school. However, many of these efforts are not geared toward building the real youth power and transformative systems change our schools so desperately need. Pa’lante stands out because student leaders not only host circles for a range of issues (accountability, grief, support, conflict), but also engage in participatory action research aimed at fundamentally transforming the conditions of their schooling. Workshops participants will experience being in circle, learn about Pa’lante’s model and apply ideas to their own setting.
Pa’lante is a youth-led transformative justice program at Holyoke High School working to build youth power and dismantle the school to prison pipeline.
Sliding scale suggested donation of $10 (students), $25 (individuals), $50 (schools/organizations). No one turned away for lack of funds. Donations go directly to Pa’lante’s youth leaders.
The 2018 Feinberg Series theme is Another World Is Possible: Revolutionary Visions, Past and Present. Series events and initiatives will explore the radical imaginations of intellectuals, artists, political leaders, renegade thinkers, community organizers, and everyday people who have worked to make another world possible. All events are FREE and open to the public. The Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series is offered every other academic year by the Department of History at UMass Amherst and made possible thanks to the generosity of UMass history department alumnus Kenneth R. Feinberg ’67 and associates.
Visit the Feinberg Series webpage for more information about the series.