The Robins Foundation is pleased to announce the semifinalists for our second annual Lora M. and E. Claiborne Robins Community Innovation Grant.
Congratulations to our semifinalists (listed alphabetically):
- Alliance for Unitive Justice
- Art 180
- Northstar Academy
- Storefront for Community Design
Through the program “Richmond Community Justice Partnership”, Alliance for Unitive Justice and its partners will address Richmond’s school-to-prison pipeline with innovative programs in schools, the Juvenile Court and Detention Center, as well as in high conflict communities.
Their innovative project’s aim is to “dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline by elevating the voices of youth most affected, supporting their ability to be self-advocates for system reform, and giving them access to policy makers through professional policy campaigns.
Northstar Career Academy will offer an innovative, multi-site workforce development model that builds on Northstar’s experience and expertise.
Storefront’s innovative idea is to create Six Points Innovation Center (6PIC). This program will rehabilitate a currently vacant 10,000 square foot building into a safe and programmed location for the youth in Highland Park to become “change-makers” and advocates for their community’s future.
We applaud our semifinalists for giving a fresh look at age-old problems– they are all winners for having the courage to think bigger and think differently.
The semifinalists will now move on to present to the Robins Board. Stay tuned as we will announce our winner in December.
The Alliance for Unitive Justice is a Virginia-based nonprofit that provides restorative justice services. Our focus is to offer support to members of our communities who are facing conflict. We do this in a variety of ways: training, education, outreach, organizational partnerships, and facilitation of restorative circles.
Through the program “Richmond Community Justice Partnership”, Alliance for Unitive Justice and its partners will address Richmond’s school-to-prison pipeline with innovative programs in schools, the Juvenile Court and Detention Center, as well as in high conflict communities. The Restorative Justice program by AUJ is designed to create a space to resolve conflict in which all parties are treated equally, encouraged to relate to one another based on common values, empowered to solve their own conflicts, and finally to create mutually beneficial outcomes.