Rochester is a city at a crossroads. We face tremendous challenges in education, crime, and poverty, yet we are resilient and strong. We have amazing people and organizations who work tirelessly to help make our community a better place to live. Restorative champions across the city and country are using Restorative Practices in settings such as schools, community based organizations, faith based organizations, the judicial system, and mental health organizations to heal harm and rebuild relationships. Through a series of keynote speakers, workshops and panels, the Restoring Rochester conference will provide opportunity for learning, growth, community and celebrating our tremendous potential as a Restorative Rochester.

Cost includes an a la carte breakfast and lunch. Advanced ticket price is $25.00 and will increase on Feb. 16, 2018 to $35.00.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Monique Morris,
Author & Social Justice Scholar

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools

Monique W. Morris, Ed. D. is an award winning author and social justice scholar with nearly three decades of experience in the areas of education, civil rights, juvenile and social justice.  Founder and President of the National Black Women’s Justice Institute (NBWJI).  Dr. Morris is the author of PUSHOUT:  The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools (The New Press) and other publications that uplift equity and justice.

Session 1:

Please indicate on your ticket which workshop you will attend.

Trauma Responsive Strategies for Young Women of Color

Dr. Christina Watlington, Akoben LLC
Clinical Psychologist

By understanding the impact of trauma on the lives of youth, especially for young women of color, participants will learn how being trauma informed aligns with Restorative Practices; and how some practices are NOT trauma informed. We will also identify culturally sensitive approaches to working with trauma and practices that build social capital throughout your organization and community.


Nonviolent Communication
Presented by the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence

This workshop is a basic introduction to the nonviolent communication process; building self-awareness, practicing empathy for self and others, ideas for building connection during conflicts. Would you like to get what you want in a way that doesn’t upset others but instead builds trust and connection?  Nonviolent Communication is a process that is taught around the world.  Join Gandhi Institute director Kit Miller and colleagues for an experiential opportunity to explore this work.


Authentic Youth Voice
Presented by Teen Empowerment

With the right skills and resources, all youth, including high-risk young people, can think deeply about the difficult social problems and work successfully with others to create significant change. While youth are often seen as part of the problems facing urban communities, they are rarely engaged as part of the solution. Teen Empowerment will share how they work to help youth find their voices and talents and use them to involve large numbers of their peers and adults in building peace, tolerance and community.

Session 2

Please indicate on your ticket which workshop you will attend.

Youth panel focused on young women in Monroe County
Facilitated by Dr. Monique Morris

A panel of young women from across Monroe county will share their experiences with their communities and Restorative Practices. Participants can expect to hear stories of adversity, resiliency, and examples of how Restorative Practices have affected their lives in and out of school.  A question & answer session will be offered.

Providing Safe Harbor for youth in Monroe County
Presented by Safe Harbor, Center for Youth

The commercial sexual exploitation of children is a global problem and one that impacts children in our own communities. The Center for Youth’s Safe Harbour Program works with partners across Monroe County to promote awareness of youth trafficking and identify and provide comprehensive services to potential victims of commercial sexual exploitation.

Utilizing Restorative Practices with Faith Communities
Rev. Allen Newton

Rev. Newton began his RP work in 1996 and since 2002 has been using these practices in healing conflict in faith communities.  He will share his personal journey in incorporating RP in his personal discipline as well as in his work in supporting congregations in nine states.  A number of RP tools have been used in working with churches and in guiding pastors in using RP in their congregations.

Restoring Rochester is sponsored in partnership with the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, ROC Restorative Team  from the Rochester City School District and My Brother’s Keeper Challenge Grant.