RNW was incorporated as a nonprofit in 1985 by a small group of community members who valued the vision of a restorative juvenile justice system. Today, RNW provides services and trainings in mediation & conflict resolution, facilitation, restorative justice, and racial equity.
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Resolutions Northwest facilitates honest dialogue to resolve conflict and advance racial and social justice.
We envision inclusive and just communities in which people connect across differences and equitably share opportunities to thrive.
An equitable and inclusive world in which every one of us can realize our fullest potential.
Taking risks, accepting responsibility for our mistakes, and committing to continual self-examination.
Relationships built on trust, accountability, compassion, and care for self and others.
Providing spaces and frameworks for people to build trust, connect across differences, and take the lead in their own transformation.
Originally, our restorative justice pilot program was designed to reduce violence, juvenile crime, and address needs of victims. Our restorative justice services quickly proved an effective and extremely efficient alternative to the traditional justice model.
In 1994 the organization started training students to be conflict managers and peer mediators in their schools and founded the Oregon Peacemakers Conference for middle and high school students.
In 1998, the Family Mediation Program (FMP) of the Youth Services Consortium merged with Resolutions Northwest giving us the opportunity to expand our work with youth by incorporating teen mediators into our volunteer mediator pool.
In 2002, RNW was selected by the City of Portland to be the sole provider of Portland’s neighborhood mediation services and soon thereafter to facilitate the residential siting of community social services.
In 2007, RNW officially created a Youth Program and Facilitation Program to fulfill the need for more youth oriented programming and growing demand for a variety of facilitation services. In addition, a collaborative effort between our Youth and Restorative Justice Programs resulted in an opportunity to pilot a school program which focused on using restorative justice principles and practices to help reduce the number of disproportionate minority disciplinary referrals within the school and to the Juvenile Justice Department.
We piloted our first restorative justice in schools program in the Parkrose School District. Our goal was to reduce disproportionate discipline for youth of color and use restorative justice to create supportive & inclusive school communities.
In 2014, Uniting to Understand Racism merged with RNW. With the merger, RNW realigned its mission and strategy to incorporate an intentional racial and social justice lens into all its services to further our desire for a more equitable and just community.
FUNDING & SUPPORT
Over the past five years, we have successfully expanded our training and consulting services to help subsidize our other programming. We are now looking to build partnerships with individuals, community foundations, and local businesses who want to join us in promoting inclusive and just communities in which people connect across differences and equitably share opportunities to thrive.
The Oregon Office for Community Dispute Resolution program, administered through the University of Oregon, supports all of our programs and assists Resolutions Northwest in managing its general operating costs.