WHAT: In a public/private partnership between the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, the District Attorney’s Office, several local foundations and the National Conflict Resolution Center, NCRC announces the opening of its first Center for Community Cohesion (CCC) in Southeast San Diego, a community space helping bring cohesiveness, strength, resiliency and support for San Diegans of all backgrounds and cultures. The 1300-square-foot nonprofit center will provide a forum for diverse community building, individual and collective learning opportunities, and educational trainings. Some of the CCC’s goals in its first year include: helping Lincoln High School become a model for restorative schools in San Diego, improving communication between at-risk youth and law enforcement, and providing opportunities for the formerly incarcerated to transition successfully back into the community. The CCC is a place where everyone is welcome, accepted and never leaves without a sense of belonging. The CCC continues NCRC’s innovative work to help resolve conflicts at all levels of society.
The official opening for the Center for Community Cohesion will kick off with speeches and a ribbon-cutting with representatives from the National Conflict Resolution Center, Sheriff’s Department, the District Attorney’s Office, San Diego Unified School District, and other elected officials, school administrators and community members. The building officially opened to the public on June 1, 2016.
NCRC’s Center for Community Cohesion will continue to provide the communications tools to deal with and manage conflict to unite the Southeast San Diego community and beyond. NCRC has a long-term goal of opening additional Centers for Community Cohesion around San Diego in future years.
WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
BEST TIME TO COVER: 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
*Media will be able to tour, photograph and record inside the building before the event officially begins starting at 10:30 a.m.
**Media is asked to be in place by 10:45 a.m.
***Ribbon cutting will be immediately following speeches outside the front doors of the Center, at approximately 11:25 a.m.
WHERE: NCRC’s Center for Community Cohesion 220 Euclid Ave., Suite 110 San Diego, Calif. 92114
Parking is available in the parking lot in front of the building.
WHY IT’S IMPORTANT:
- The CCC’s vision is to bring the community together cohesively via three major initiatives: Education, public safety and equitable access to services.
- Some of the goals of the CCC during its first year of operation are:
- To help Lincoln High School become a model of restorative practices in schools.
- To improve communication between at-risk youth and law enforcement officers providing more positive encounters and increased trust.
- To provide more opportunities for individuals re-entering back into the community from incarceration, decreasing recidivism.
- NCRC’s approach to helping youth stay out of the prison system is one of the most unique in the country due to its comprehensiveness.
In the month of July alone, the CCC has supported about 300 people.
- The CCC is a place where members of the community can have their challenges heard, find ways to confront differences in a civil manner and receive support through community partner referrals and wraparound services.
- The CCC is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and is available to the public for pre-scheduled use for CCC programs on evenings and weekends based on availability. It is staffed by five employees, four interns and a host of community volunteers
- The services provided at the CCC are 100 percent FREE to the community.
- The CCC has been generously funded through the support of numerous community collaborators. To donate to programs that support the Center please contact Lisa Cole-Jones at 619-238-2400 Ext: 222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
INTERVIEWS AND VISUALS:
- Ceremonial ribbon-cutting and speaking program to commemorate the opening of the building
- Steven P. Dinkin, president, National Conflict Resolution Center can discuss the center’s importance and its benefits to the community
- Sheriff William Gore
- San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis
- Felicia Singleton-Daniels, representative from the San Diego Unified School District who can talk about the importance for students and the restorative justice programs
- A student who has gone through the restorative justice program can speak about their experience with the program and how it has helped them. Treasure McKinley, who is 17 and a senior, has been trained through NCRC to be a student facilitator on campus at Lincoln High School. She helps facilitate restorative meetings on campus and that she also helps train her peers in communication and conflict management. Her impact is not just at her own school; two weeks ago she was part of a student training team who facilitated a two-day restorative workshop for a group of 30 middle school students at Knox Middle School, which is a feeder school to Lincoln. With NCRC’s training and coaching to support her, Treasure is not only a great resource to her peers at Lincoln High School, but she is a valuable mentor to younger students as well.
- Francisco Carbabjal, National Conflict Resolution Center, Spanish spokesperson
CONTACT INFO FOR THE PUBLIC:
- Website: www.ncrconline.com – “Click Community Services”
- Phone: 619-642-2055 Center for Community Cohesion direct line
619-238-2400 National Conflict Resolution Center main line
About the National Conflict Resolution Center
National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) provides the resources, training and expertise to help people, organizations and communities around the world manage and solve conflicts, with civility. Built on the principle that every dispute has a solution, NCRC serves a variety of communities in both the public and private sectors – regionally, nationally and internationally. The organization’s mission is to resolve issues with the highest possible degree of civility and equitability to all parties involved.
NCRC was founded in 1983 by the University of San Diego Law Center and the San Diego County Bar Association. With more than 30 years of experience and over 20,000 cases managed, NCRC is recognized as an international leader in mediation instruction and conflict resolution. To learn more, donate or volunteer please call 619-238-2400 or visit www.ncrconline.com. Connect with NCRC on Facebook and Twitter.