Mandated consequences are applied regardless of circumstances, context, or seriousness of behavior, resulting in lost educational opportunities for youth.
Each year, 3 million students are suspended
in American schools and the majority of these
infractions are minor and subjective.
- Dignity in Schools
On average, states spend about $5.7 billion
to imprison youth even though the majority
of these youth are incarcerated for nonviolent
- Justice Policy Institute
Between 1986-2013, K-12 education spending
increased 69%, in stark contrast to the 141%
increase in state corrections spending.
- Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
California spends less than $10,000 per year to
educate a student and more than $45,000 per
year to keep an inmate imprisoned.
- U.S. Census Data
Parents are their children’s first teachers. Children mimic the attitudes, expectations and perceptions of their living environments.
Students living in poverty are more exposed to trauma and have less access to positive role models.
Exposure to violence outside of school greatly impacts a student’s attitude about school itself, and repeated exposure decreases a sense of purpose to complete an education.
Inadequate access to health care services connects directly to a student’s success in school and their social-emotional behavior inside the classroom.
Students bring their baggage with them to school and into the classroom. Zero tolerance kicks them out.
Students’ negative behaviors are encouraged when they are repeatedly removed from their academic environments.
Repeat offenses without proper support services and the consideration of circumstances criminalizes a student, instigating a path to prison instead of graduation.
From 2008-2014, Hampstead Hill in Baltimore, MD experienced
a 91% decrease in office referrals after implementing
a whole-school approach to restorative practices.
- International Institute of Restorative Practices
LA Unified reports a 92% decrease in the number of instructional
days lost to suspensions and a nearly 50% reduction in
-LA School Report
Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia, the 10th largest public
schools system in the U.S., experiences an extremely low
recidivism rate (only 4-8%) because of their restorative approach
-Vickie Shoap, Restorative Justice Specialist II
Restorative justice schools in Oakland witnessed a 60% increase
in cumulative graduation rates compared to just 7% in their
Students still bring their baggage with them to school and into the classroom but now they are able to process it in a supportive environment.
Students’ negative behaviors decrease because they are held accountable for their actions in a constructive and inclusive way. A restorative approach helps students determine ways to break the cycle.
Students are matched with appropriate support services and become critical in the decision-making process, decriminalizing the people involved, promoting restoration instead of retribution.
Relationships are transformed between students and authority figures, promoting a healthy school climate with an equitable discipline process.
A nurturing and supportive learning environment increases probability for de-escalation and constructive conflict resolution with less repeat offenses.
Despite external circumstances, aggressive behaviors reduce and social skills improve.
Opportunities to practice forgiveness and empathy allows students to better deal with their circumstances and realize their actions impact a range of affected parties.
Licensed through the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP), you can request/book us through IIRP or directly through VIBE Movement. We offer the below training options:
(These trainings can be ongoing or a one-time gig.)
Through site observations and consultation with key stakeholders, we offer expert advice focused on staying relevant with educational trends and community needs.
First, we work to identify goals and needs of the community/group/staff in order to generate a learning process centered around the learners themselves. Meaning, we are not going to come into your space and dictate what we think you need; in fact, we need to hear from you and your community so that we can tailor the coaching to a common goal and/or need.
If you have a need for activities-based curriculum that supports the development of leadership, team, and community, then please let VIBE Movement work with you!
We can design a specific training for your site, group, or organization that builds self-confidence, self-awareness, and self-efficacy in the youth participants while also building team and community.
Conferences and summits can be “for youth” or “for youth, by youth”. After identifying a relevant theme, speakers, presenters, activities, processes and performers are chosen specifically for this interactive and engaging event. VM can design this summit two ways:
Through voluntary and cooperative processes, all impacted parties of a harm done participate in a restorative justice conference to heal, repair relationships, install accountability, and ultimately change behaviors. Having a neutral facilitator in the process is critical to its success. Let VM handle your Restorative Justice needs:
An introduction to the Vibe Movement with this helpful classroom worksheet:
A natural rebel and rule interpreter, Tina has promoted social change since her youth, risking her reputation with bold fashion statements like shaving her head when she was only a freshman in high school. Tina spent much of her youth living, working, studying and volunteering abroad in humbling places like South Africa, India and Vietnam. With almost 30 countries and 20 states under her belt by the time she was 26, Tina got a good glimpse of a world that was full of both love and destruction. She realized at a very young age the meaning of global citizenship, the duty we owe each other as human beings, and the impact one person can have.
With 12 years teaching experience, Tina earned her Red Badge of Courage on the battlefields of some tough schools between South Central LA and San Diego. But she wanted more and felt confined by the four walls of the classroom and stifled by a bureaucratic education system. With a masters in peace and justice studies, Tina found her passions for education and peace align through restorative practices.
Tina lives in Vista with her beautiful family and two dogs, raising the next generation of rebel rousers and global stewards. If she’s not advocating for youth and educational reform, she’s probably cuttin’ a rug on some dance floor, melting in a hot yoga class, or sneaking a donut!