Our Vision
Art

Our Approach –

Embraces a wholistic and humane family-focused intervention model that includes health, education, housing, and employment guided by the Arts and supported by Restorative Justice Principles and Practices.

Change the Culture –

We seek to change the culture of those responsible for the care, custody and treatment of all children, especially children of color.

Providing Guidance –

Our support provides leverage to existing resources and develops access to Federal, State, Local, County, and Private Sector opportunities.

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OUR DIRECTOR

Rahim Jenkins

Rahim is recognized as a pioneer in the field—one that demonstrates through innovative programming and a front-line presence, his long standing commitment to educating, rehabilitating, and uplifting disadvantaged minority youth. A native Washingtonian and long time community activist, continues to make his mark on both the local and national levels, through a long and illustrious career as a sought after Youth Advocate and Re-Entry Consultant.

His personal and professional philosophy is focused on the constructive empowerment of youth who are disproportionately impacted by the violence and destruction that plagues many of our inner-city communities.

Rahim has served as the Youth Policy Advisor to the Mayor and the Director of the District of Columbia Department of Corrections (DOC).  In this role, he had oversight responsibility for operational, educational, and programmatic initiatives impacting youth in the custody of DOC.

The Challenge

Over 93,000 children are currently denied their freedom in juvenile correctional facilities around the country. Nearly 90 percent of youth entering the juvenile justice system in this country are estimated to have experienced some type of trauma. Incarceration breaks up families, the building blocks of our communities and nation. It creates an instable environment for youth that can have lasting effects on their development and well-being.

NCJJR was founded to advocate for Children of Promise left behind by incarceration and to provide support services for them, their families and caregivers, with the goal of strengthening and empowering the families. NCJJR uses creative arts as a holistic approach, to help youth deal with the trauma, loss and harm.  Incarceration is one of the least effective and most expensive public safety strategies, yet the United States incarcerates more young people than any other country in the world.

The Covenant of Peace

The Covenant of Peace is an anti-violence initiative dedicated to addressing the systemic issues in and around violence. We believe that youth are not AT RISK but are Children of Promise. After undergoing Restorative Justice circles that expose and explore the hurt and harm caused by violence, participants will sign a “COVENANT,” entering into a sacred agreement to abstain from and speak against senseless acts of violence. The NCJJR Staff and Credible Messengers possess relevant life experiences and have proven track records of community engagement. The Covenant of Peace is based on the foundation of seven pillars to help youth identify where the culture of violence begins.

The Pillars of the Covenant of Peace

Pillar One –
My Life Matters

This pillar connects young people to their inherent value by connecting their personal identity, to their rich heritage and an understating of personal struggles. This journey ends with why MY Life Matters

Pillar Two –
The Act of Forgiveness

This pillar engages young people in a supportive process to forgive themselves for mistake they have made and embrace the power that comes from forgiving those who hurt them.

Pillar Three –
My Word is My Bond

This pillar engages young people to see the importance of verbal integrity and credibility.

Pillar Four –
My Family Is My All

This pillar recognizes that all young people seek a sense of belonging.

Pillar Five –
The Impact of Absence

This pillar unearths the negative impact of parental absenteeism and neglect. 

Pillar Six –
The Power of the Tongue

This pillar challenges youth to see how destructive elements such as gossip, negativity, and hurtful words can affect their relationships.

Pillar Seven –
Love In Action

While the previous six pillars are dedicated to Children of Promise, the seventh pillar identifies the many components of LOVE IN ACTION and how NCJJR utilizes it as a way of changing the culture of care and treatment relative to interactions within families, friends, and other relationship circles.

Our Team

Imam Johari Abdul-Malik Seale

Director of Financial Affairs

Thomas Penny

Board Member

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