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Aim4Peace, Community Mediation Center to offer additional trainings

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 additional training on restorative justice and conflict mediation for area residents. The training will consist of 10 four-hour classes between Nov. 13, 2012 and May 14, 2013.

“Our goal with this training is to provide residents with an in-depth study of the principles of restorative justice and show how conflict mediation tools may be helpful to them in their churches, their schools and in their communities and their families,” said Dr. Rex Archer, director of the Health Department. “The training is part of the collective Community Mediation Center and Aim4Peace mission to teach the community to handle their own disputes in a non-violent manner.”

Staff from the center will facilitate the classes.

“This training will invite residents to learn restorative justice principles and alternative responses to harm,” said Annette Lantz-Simmons, director at CMC. “It will equip them with tools necessary to teach how to respect and restore relationships where all voices are valued and heard, and to look at the opportunity for growth and change in the midst of conflict.”

The newly added Road to Restoration classes will be held at the Vineyard Neighborhood Association, 4301 E. 43rd St. The classes are scheduled for the following dates: Nov. 13, Nov. 20, Jan. 10, Jan. 17, Jan. 24, April 9, April 16, April 23, May 7 and May 14. Classes take place from 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Road to Restoration training is free and open to those who register, but participants must commit to all 10 sessions in order to be certified.

For more information about this training or getting involved with Aim4Peace, call 816-513-7902, or email More information about Aim4Peace projects and services may be found at their Web page,

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,, and


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