"Pain that is not transformed is transferred". Richard Rohr
"I Matter" Initiative
The "I Matter" initiative serves youth ages 17 and under who have been left behind by the ravages of gun-violence. Each client has lost a parent or loved one to death or incarceration as a result of an act involving gun-violence. The program’s objective is to assist youth in processing the unresolved emotions associated with effects of trauma related to having lost a loved one to gun violence. Group sessions facilitated by restorative justice practitioners will focus on self-esteem (awareness), coping skills and emotional management with the goal of equipping program participants with tools they can apply to ending the potential for repeating the cycle violence in their families and communities.