For the second year in a row, Topeka Center for Peace and Justice has been chosen to be the Downtown Topeka Rotary Club’s signature non-profit beneficiary of a $20,000 grant for our Circles Mediation training program for Shawnee County public schools, our Victim-Offender Mediation program, and our annual Peace Camp! Thanks Rotary!
• The Peace Center’s Victim-Offender mediation project has been put on hold as a result of SB 367 passed by the Kansas Legislature in 2016. The bill authorized the creation of the Kansas Juvenile Justice Improvement fund to develop and implement evidence based community programs and practices for youthful offenders and their families. Though the bill went into effect January 1, 2017, the guidelines and implementation details are still being developed. Lindsey Anderson, our mediation specialist (former Program Director) took a leave of absence from the Center, but has come back on staff to work to make sure TCPJ will have the opportunity to re-initiate our program when all guidelines are worked out. Glad to have Lindsey back on board!
• Peace Camp 2017 is history! Thanks to the Downtown Rotary Club for helping us fund this great summer program for kids!
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