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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 18, 2012

Aim4Peace, Community Mediation Center partner to offer classes

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Health Department’s Aim4Peace program joins with the Community Mediation Center with funding provided by the JAMS Foundation to present classes on restorative justice and conflict mediation for area residents. The first of five classes will be offered on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Linwood Family YMCA, 3800 Linwood Blvd.

“Our goal with these classes is to introduce residents to the principles of restorative justice and show how conflict mediation tools may be helpful to them,” said Dr. Rex Archer, director of the Health Department. “They are part of the collective CMC / Aim4Peace mission to teach the community to handle their own disputes in a non-violent manner.”

Staff from the Community Mediation Center will facilitate the classes.

“These classes will invite residents to learn about and discuss restorative justice, an alternative response to harm, where all voices are valued and heard, and to look at the opportunity for growth and change in the midst of conflict,” said CMC Director Annette Lantz-Simmons.

The classes will be held at five locations on different dates as listed below.

Road to Restoration Classes:

    • Oct. 23 – Linwood YMCA, 3800 Linwood Blvd., 6:30 – 7:30 pm

    • Oct. 30 – Linwood YMCA, 3800 Linwood Blvd., 6:30 – 7:30 pm

    • Nov. 1 – Bluford Library, 3050 Prospect Ave., 6:30 – 7:30 pm

    • Nov. 6 – Second Baptist Church, 3620 E. 39th St., 6:30 – 7:30 pm

    • Nov. 7 – Brush Creek Community Center, 3801 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd., 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Road to Restoration classes will be offered again in the spring at different locations. The classes are free and open to the public.

For more information about these classes or getting involved with Aim4Peace, call 816-513-7902, or email aim4peace@kcmo.org. More information about Aim4Peace projects and services may be found at their Web page, www.kcmo.org/aim4peace.

Media inquiries on this topic should be directed to Jeff Hershberger, public information officer, at 816-840-2548 (pager). Follow the Health Department on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube at www.facebook.com/kcmohealthdept, www.twitter.com/kcmohealthdept and www.youtube.com/user/kcmohealthdept.

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