This week, we're thrilled to introduce Jaylon Verser. Jaylon is originally from Kansas City, MO and works as a restorative justice facilitator in schools with CCR. Jaylon is a phenomenal facilitator and helps youth in KC work through a lot of their conflict.
Jaylon says this about his work, "I get to teach conflict resolution workshops to awesome youth in the Kansas City and Hickman Mills School Districts. I also serve with the Neighborhood Accountability Board Team to support community members, and come up with creative solutions that address the needs of the persons involved." One part of his job here at CCR that he values: "I enjoy the people! You meet so many different people from different places in life that have different stories. It's really amazing to have the opportunity to meet so many great people." When Jaylon's not working, you can find him "Taking trips to Kansas City's Jazz District to catch some live music! Kansas City really has a lot of talented that a lot of people don't know about!" On his bookshelf: 48 Laws of Power, by Robert Greene and Difficult Conversations, by Bruce Patton, Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen.
In his earbuds: "Interestingly enough, I usually don't listen to music when I drive. But when I'm working, I prefer listening to instrumentals!"
REFRAME: Have you been noticing where your language has subtle, normalized violence in it? What alternatives have you been using instead?
#talkaboutit #reframe #ccr #kansascity #kc #language
Debbie, one of our phenomenal staff members went to a community event a few weeks ago!
Thanks for representing CCR in our community!
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We're a bit over 3 weeks away to our annual breakfast fundraiser! Do you have your spots reserved? Visit www.ccrkc.org for more info!
REFRAME: Listen for when people use "bullet points". We normalize gun violence and gun presence in our lives simply through the words we use in our everyday language.
Let us know what alternative you like to use in place of "bullet points" in the comments below!
#reframe #ccr #kansascity #kc #kcmo #language #talkaboutit
We're getting so excited for our Rise for Peace breakfast! Have you RSVP'd? If not, visit the link in our bio to send in your interest form today!
#kc #kansascity #talkabouit #riseforpeace #centerforconflictresolution
Damone with the new mayor of Kansas City, MO, @quinton_lucas, a few weeks ago at a community outreach and health fair!
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This week, we are delighted to feature CCR restorative justice facilitator and mediator extraordinaire, Larry Wilkins. Larry has been with CCR for about a year and a half.
Larry's favorite part of working at CCR is being able to work in schools around the KC area as an RJ Facilitator. He says, "I love working with the youth and being able to help them work out some of the issues they have." Larry is originally from Kansas City and enjoys working in many of the same neighborhoods where he grew up. As a staff person at CCR, Larry demonstrates incredible talent in relating to every person he encounters and gains trust with youth and community members.
When Larry is not mediating or facilitating conversations in the community, he can be found playing basketball or fishing.
On his bookshelf: The Little Book of Racial Healing by Jodie Geddes and Tom DeWolf
#kansascity #kc #kcmo #centerforconflictresolution #fridayfeeling #talkaboutit
One of our incredible RJ facilitators, Greg, had the opportunity to go and talk with a group of RJ graduates in the Nebraska State Penitentiary this past weekend. RJ is beginning to be taught everywhere!
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Larry and Damone have been canvassing and getting the word out about our satellite services at Gregg/Klice community center!
If you see them say hi!