Restorative justice—it feels like a buzzword, but it’s a concept that is radical in its simplicity and power. Restorative practices are based on the idea that while the harm caused by negative behavior can’t be erased, it can be healed and reconciled.
Gerald Donaldson is the family support worker at Leschi Elementary. Recently I had a chance to sit down and conduct a three-part interview with him about the wide-ranging work he’s been able to do at Leschi and throughout the Seattle school system. In this first part of our interview, I asked him to talk about supporting families and implementing restorative practices with students.
In high-poverty areas, a lack of resources can make accessing sports very difficult. While coaching children’s sports can be very rewarding, it’s also a large time commitment. In communities where parents are struggling to make rent every month, volunteering to coach soccer or little league might not be feasible.
Mutanda Kwesele hopes to change all that. As the founder and director of non-profit The Rising Point, Kwesele aims to bring high-quality soccer coaching to marginalized communities.
Many families who attend our Kids & Race workshops come away inspired to make changes in their community but are unsure what steps to take. Personal reflection, talking with friends and family about racial issues, attending protests, and writing to representatives are all great ways to make positive contributions toward racial equity. But one of the biggest areas where we can have an impact is in our public schools.