Conference FlyerThe Mediation Center, in collaboration with Common Justice and Achievement First Brooklyn High School, is excited to announce an upcoming conference this spring and we invite you to get involved!

Titled, “Paving the Way to Healing and Recovery: Conversations with Young Men of Color Who Survive Violence,” this dynamic conference will take place on April 10, 2015 in Crown Heights, Brooklyn and focus on what works for young men of color who have been harmed by violence.

About the event:

We will be bringing people together who do, can do, want to do, and should do this work into a robust dialogue and learning space. While we will undoubtedly acknowledge the enormous and grave extent of this violence, we will focus our attention on promising strategies that work for young male survivors of color so that we leave with concrete tools and deeper hope.

It is important to us that this exploration of promising practices lift up the experience not only of some of the larger nonprofits working in this area, but equally, the voices of grassroots organizations, experienced practitioners, and crucially, the young men themselves.


Call for Proposals

We need your wisdom. If you work with young men of color who have survived violence and have ideas and experience about what works in supporting them through their pain and healing, WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU. We are especially interested in authentic dialogue that includes the lens of race, racism, gender identity, sexual orientation, culture, and class.

We will have a number of break-out sessions during the day and invite you to propose a topic for a presentation. Presentations will be 60-90 minutes long, and you are encouraged to involve multiple presenters and to lead dynamic discussions. Presentations should focus on the challenging issues underlying your work and leading to success, rather than relaying detailed program models. They should also integrate lenses of race, racism, gender identity, sexual orientation, culture, and class.

Presentation topics include but are not limited to:

  • Healthy manhood/masculinity
  • Healthy relationships and addressing domestic violence
  • Fatherhood
  • The impact of gender and sexuality on experiences of violence
  • Young men, mental health, and healing & recovery
  • Creative healing strategies
  • The impact of gun violence and community trauma
  • Trauma 101 and trauma-informed services
  • Trauma-informed care in alternatives to incarceration settings
  • Faith-based approaches to violence and healing
  • Ways in which schools and higher education institutions can support conversations regarding violence and trauma
  • Interactions with police and law enforcement
  • Media representations of young men of color
  • Impacts of social media
  • Foster care and transition to adulthood
  • Political and community organizing


Deadline for submission is 5:00 p.m. on 1/12/2015. Applications can be completed here: