We are thrilled to announce the agenda for this year’s PAVING THE WAY conference, hosted by the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center, Common Justice, and Achievement First Brooklyn High School. The day will focus on addressing the needs of young men of color who have been harmed by violence, as well as on promising strategies that work for these young men so that we leave with concrete tools and deeper hope.

The conference will be held Friday, April 10, 2015 at Achievement First Brooklyn High School (1485 Pacific St., Brooklyn NY 11216). There is currently a waitlist to attend – you can add your name to the waitlist here.

Paving the Way to Healing and Recovery: Conversations with Young Men of Color Who Survive Violence

Location: Achievement First High School, 1485 Pacific St., Brooklyn, NY 11216




8:30 – 9:15        Registration & Networking

Coffee and snacks not provided using federal funds.

9:15 – 9:30        Introductory Remarks                           

9:30 – 11:00     For Men of Color Living is A Radical ActWhy?

Donell Penny (Common Justice)

William Evans (Fortune Society)

Derrick Scott (S.O.S. Bed Stuy)

Ray Tebout (Consultant)

Marlon Peterson (Moderator)

11:00 – 11:15  Transition/break

11:15 – 12:20  Breakout Sessions 1

Please select from the following five concurrent sessions.


  • A Terrible Thing Happened: A Trauma-Informed Approach (Music room)

Lisa Good, Crime Victims/Sexual Violence Center

  • Understanding Trauma and Learning How to Manage Stress While Focusing on Personal Goals (Library)

Whitney Rog, Center for Child Trauma and Resilience at Mount Sinai

Unique Responses to Violence

  • Growing Up and Growing Out: Providing Meaningful Assistance to Young People Exposed to Violence (Art Room)

Latania Cobb, Ramid Brown, & Khalif Harris, Newark United Against Violence/CCI


  • Understanding for Healing and Recovery (Gymnasium)

William Evans, Fortune Society

Racism, Intersectionality, and Impacts on Young Men

  • Toward the Understanding and Healing from Institutional Racism and Historical Trauma (Cafeteria)

Onaje Muid, Reality House Inc.

12:20 – 1:35     Lunch

On your own — see list of nearby restaurants. Participants may also bring lunch and eat in the cafeteria.

1:35 – 2:40        Breakout Sessions 2

Please select from the following five concurrent sessions.


  • Addressing Violence, Trauma & Vulnerability in Young Men of Color (Library)

Carolyn Strudwick, Safe Horizon Streetwork Program

  • Language of the Unheard: Digital Stories and Healing From Trauma (Cafeteria)

Linda Rich and Lisa Nelson-Haynes, Healing Hurt People

Unique Responses to Violence

  • Harmful Social Media Use and Violence (Gymnasium)

Stephanie Ueberall & Roberta Liggett, Citizens Crime Commission of NYC


  • A View Inside a Self-Knowledge Circle: Helping Young Men of Color Navigate the Pathways (Music Room)

Shameeka Mattis, Common Justice & Rommell Washington, Crime Victims Treatment Center

Racism, Intersectionality, and Impacts on Young Men

  • Trial and Error: Lessons in Healing and Systems Advocacy from the Movement to End Domestic Violence (Art Room)

Charlene Allen, Common Justice and Wanda Lucibello, Special Victims Unit, Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office

2:40 – 2:55        Transition/break

2:55 – 4:00        Breakout Sessions 3

Please select from the following six concurrent sessions.


  • Resilience, Resistance, and Recovery: Transforming Trauma and Transforming the World (Library)

Anna Ortega-Williams, Social Work Doctoral Candidate, Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services

  • Trauma Informed School Counseling Practices: Exploring the Role of School Counselors in Supporting Young Men of Color (Cafeteria)

Dr. Charles C. Edwards, School of Education, Brooklyn College, CUNY & Dr. Kaemanje Thomas, Touro College

Unique Responses to Violence

  • Healing Through Service (Music Room)

Rukia Lumumba & Willard Beale, CASES

  • Theatre of the Oppressed with Court-Involved Young Men of Color (Cafeteria)

Katy Rubin, Theatre of the Oppressed


  • Coming Home and Staying Home: Moving Beyond the Trauma of Solitary Confinement and Incarceration (Gymnasium)

Teresa Hurst, Mariel Gallego, Richard Gamarra, & Iris Bowen, Spencer Cox Center for Health at the Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Institute for Advanced Medicine

Racism, Intersectionality, and Impacts on Young Men

  • Programs Created to Change the Impact of Violence and Trauma on the Brooklyn LGBT Youth and Young Adult Communities (Art Room)

David Matthews, Brooklyn Men (K)onnect; Victoria Frye, Mailman School of Public Health,

Columbia University; & Thanecha Senat, Project Accept LGBTQ Youth (ALY)

4:00 – 4:15        Transition/break

4:15 – 4:30        Guided Meditation & Closing (Cafeteria)

Rommell Washington, Crime Victims Treatment Center

4:30 p.m.           Adjourn