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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Crime & Law

Mission: The mission of the western justice center foundation is to increase the opportunity for peaceful conflict resolution and to displace the power of violence in our society. We design, implement, evaluate and promote innovative methods of conflict prevention and resolution for children, communities and courts.

Programs: Children: haven is the first online community only for students who are actively engaged in creating safe and inclusive schools. Acting for social change is an elective class at la county for the performing arts. Schooltools. Info is a website that provides educators with extensive resources on conflict resolution education and related subjects. Compassion plays is touring theatrical program that sparks tranformative conversation among audience- participants. Peer mediation invitational is an annual event involving teams of children and youth from schools throughout la county pairing experienced mediators with youth for mock mediations.

trainings: abc's of conflict is a 30-hour workshop in the principles of conflict resolution education. Participants learn how to integrate conflict resolution education into their classrooms and youth groups and how to set up mediation programs for their schools or organizations. Creating bias free classrooms is a training program that allows teachers and students to practice intervening in bias-related conflict. Using a highly interactive format, the program uses professional teenage and adult actors to bring to life diversity-related conflicts that commonly arise in today's classrooms.

western justice center foundation's four historic buildings constitute an extraordinary western landmark that is listed in the national registry of historic places. Built during 1925-1935 in mediterranean revival style architecture, the site originally formed part of the grounds of the vista del arroyo hotel, a luxury resort that flourished in pasadena during the early 20th century. In 1985, honorable dorothy w. Nelson and a group of judges and lawyers from the u. S. Court of appeals for the 9th circuit joined with the city of pasadena to raise 500,000 to acquire these four bungalows. The city of pasadena purchased the site and structures from the federal general services administration (gsa) and leased them to wjcf on a long-term basis for charitable purposes. Today its campus-like complex is home to 13 non-profit organizations that all have an interest in children, the arts, conflict resolution and public policy.

western justice center foundation's four historic buildings constitute an extraordinary western landmark that is listed in the national registry of historic places. Built during 1925-1935 in mediterranean revival style architecture, the site originally formed part of the grounds of the vista del arroyo hotel, a luxury resort that flourished in pasadena during the early 20th century. In 1985, honorable dorothy w. Nelson and a group of judges and lawyers from the u. S. Court of appeals for the 9th circuit joined with the city of pasadena to raise 500,000 to acquire these four bungalows. The city of pasadena purchased the site and structures from the federal general services administration (gsa) and leased them to wjcf on a long-term basis for charitable purposes. Today its campus-like complex is home to 13 non-profit organizations that all have an interest in children, the arts, conflict resolution and public policy.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Western Justice Center has given my school everything it needs to start a Peer Mediation program. Not only have they provided numerous trainings and materials, they also have done so without any charge to us. They are continuously looking for ways to keep their ideas fresh and meet the needs of the community. In addition to this, they also host wonderful programs for my peer mediators which encourage them to pursue conflict resolution in their own lives both present and future.

Client Served

Rating: 4

The good people of the Western Justice Center extensively trained one of our high school teachers in conflict mediation and resolution and that has made all the difference -- from that one teacher to a small group of students who started up our conflict mediation program to 100 students who came last Saturday morning to be trained in the basics of mediation, we are changing our school culture with WJC's support. Our four lead student mediators attended last year's WJC Invitational and met student mediators from across Los Angeles (and got to work with professional mediators and high-profile judges), creating a foundation upon which we are building our conflict mediation program this year.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I’m humbled to write on behalf of the Western Justice Center! I completed the Train the Trainers Conflict Resolution Education Course in November 2011, and my perception of conflicts has changed! I’ve incorporated Conflict Resolution in two schools, and without a doubt the students have taken ownership. The students had the privilege of conducting Conflict Resolution workshops to over 100 parents, 60 teachers and staff, and over 200 students. It’s amazing that all the information that the Western Justice Provides as additional support helped the students lead every workshop, and helped me gain the confidence to become a Conflict Resolution Advisor. Emily and Monya have been a great support, and our success is without a doubt because of them!!

Respectfully Written,
Giovanni Bladimir

Review from Guidestar