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JAMS Foundation – ACR Initiative for Students and Youth Notice of Funding Availability for the 2021 Funding Cycle

The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) is pleased to announce this Notification of Funding Availability (NOFA) and request for initial proposal ideas for the 2021 funding cycle of the JAMS Foundation-ACR Initiative for Students and Youth in supporting Conflict Resolution Education for youth.  The mission of the JAMS Foundation-ACR Initiative is to provide financial support for conflict resolution education and training (CRE) for Pre-K through 12th grade students and youth. The populations to be served by the funding streams will be both (1) youth in Pre-K through 12th grade age range and (2) adults working with these youth populations in ways that directly transfer CRE skills for adults to the youth populations.

The 2021 Funding Focus
The current era of the pandemic has brought about academic disruption as well as challenges in housing, economics, food and health security.  Massive changes have occurred in every area of life, resulting in unprecedented levels of uncertainty and stress, particularly for youth living in difficult circumstances.  The proposed project would help to increase participants' feelings of safety and empowerment during this exceptionally challenging time by utilizing young people as trainers and program implementers to teach and promote conflict resolution skills that create and enhance their ability to express their voices in one of the following settings: 

  • foster care
  • homeless shelters
  • domestic violence shelters
  • youth correctional facilities 

The measure of success will be youth reporting increased opportunity, because of conflict resolution education, training or services, to be empowered to:

  1. develop, explore, and make their choices in how they handle conflict.
  2. engage with other youth and adults from a framework of mutuality and collaboration.

Click this link for complete details about the funding focus and the process for submission.  All the information necessary to participate are included in the document.  All information necessary to participate in the grant process is included in the NOFA.  Send questions to The Project Description is due January 11, 2021.  

The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) is pleased to announce this Notification of Funding Availability (NOFA) and request for initial proposal ideas for the 2020 funding cycle of the ACR/JAMS Foundation Initiative for Students and Youth in supporting Conflict Resolution Education for Youth.  The 2020 NOFA funding cycle is intended to support:  The reduction in anti-social behavior in the school building as well as outside the schoolhouse, e.g. field trips, on the playground etc. and an increase in the development of conflict resolution education skills in and with youth that modifies the normative culture and enhances positive school climate in elementary school(s).  

There are three priorities relevant to the criteria in this NOFA:

  1. The proposed project would use evidenced-based program(s) to train school personnel in conflict resolution and support the implementation of these learnt practices with their interactions in and with youth, parents and other school personnel;
  2. The proposed project would build upon the current work of either the applicant or an applicant’s educational institution and specifically aim to integrate conflict resolution skills in a manner that educates youth (kindergarten through elementary school age) in a way that demonstrably changes youth attitudes and behavior; and,
  3. The proposed project would transform school climate in each of the four following dimensions: 1) school safety; 2) social and civil learning; 3) relationships among peers and with school personnel (respect for diversity); 4) school connectedness and engagement (bonding) with a focus on the reduction in anti-social behavior and a demonstrable increase in the development of conflict resolution education skills with and in youth and school personnel.

To review the complete NOFA, click here.

2019 Funding Track – Reduction of Youth Bullying and Violence

The following organizations were selected to receive grant funding in this area:

Creative Response to Conflict (Suffern, NY) — $40,000 to support Social Media-tors!, an innovative conflict resolution education program to train high school students to safely and effectively intervene in potentially harmful situations both in person and online, empowering students to help reduce youth bullying and violence by creating a safe school culture in their school communities and beyond.

Lighthouse Academies (Gary, IN) — $40,000 to support a pilot program to train 10th-12th grade students to initiate, facilitate and lead conflict resolution processes, including Restorative Circles and Peer Juries, in an effort to reduce the level of youth violence and bullying.  The program prepares and empowers young people to lead their peers in developing and sustaining a culture of mutual respect and non-violence.

2018 Funding Track – Conflict Resolution Education and Services for Youth at Risk of Gang Involvement

The following organizations were selected to receive grant funding in this area:

Kennesaw State University (Kennesaw, GA) — $40,000 to support complementary programs for students and parents to reduce family conflict and anti-social behaviors associated with separation and loss resulting from immigration and related economic challenges by increasing parental engagement in schools and providing students with pro-social skills to address conflict constructively, creating stronger community and support systems for children, families and schools.

Little Friends for Peace (Mt. Rainier, MD) - $40,000 to support a community-based initiative providing conflict resolution education and leadership skills training to elementary school students at risk of gang involvement due to recent immigration and financial challenges, including peacebuilding and peace leadership training for children, parents, teachers and community members.

2017 Funding Track – Conflict Resolution Education for Youth Experiencing Interventions by Juvenile Justice or Social Service Agencies

The following organizations were selected to receive grant funding in this area:

Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration (Boston, MA) — $40,000 to support the expansion of a successful program combining conflict resolution skill-building and creative arts to assist at-risk youth in dealing constructively with conflict and helping to prevent violence in their communities.  Using PhotoVoice, a flexible platform incorporating participatory photography and videography, digital storytelling and improvisational drama, the project empowers adolescent youth to explore and create positive channels for addressing conflict and initiating social change.

Supreme Court of Ohio (Columbus, OH) — $40,000 to fund The Right Track Project, an innovative conflict resolution and truancy prevention initiative for at-risk youth, families and local communities, including the development of a unique web-based mobile application and truancy mediation program intended to reduce school truancies and to divert students in grades 5-12 from involvement in the juvenile justice system.

To view the 2017 Notice of Funding Availability, click here.

2016 Funding Track – Conflict Resolution Education for Structurally Disadvantaged Youth

The following organizations were selected to receive grant funding in this area:

Nashville Conflict Resolution Center (Nashville, TN) — In collaboration with the Juvenile Court, public housing authority and other community partners, this 2-year $60,000 grant funds the development and expansion of a mediation and restorative justice program for at-risk youth involved in cases of fighting, assault, threats, harassment, bullying, vandalism and theft in an effort to reduce violence, provide non-punitive alternatives to juvenile justice and connect youth with other needed resources and community-based services.

Our Family Services (Tucson, AZ) — This 2-year, $87,000 grant will expand a pilot program providing conflict resolution education for homeless and abused youth and the direct-care helping professionals who work with them.  The program employs circle processes to create safer and more constructive environments for vulnerable youth while at the same time teaching them peaceful conflict resolution skills. The curriculum and training modules developed through this grant will be made available at no cost to organizations serving structurally disadvantaged youth, including homeless youth, those in foster care, involved with juvenile justice or child welfare systems, immigrants and those in academically disenfranchised or economically impoverished communities.

To view 2016 Notice of Funding Availability, click here.

2015 Funding Track – Conflict Resolution Education in Special Education

The following organizations were selected to receive grant funding in this area:

Direction Service (Eugene, OR) — This 2-year, $90,000 grant funds the development of a series of high-quality, easily accessible and self-directed online learning modules to help students with disabilities learn and master essential communication and conflict management knowledge and skills, as well as a facilitator’s guide and tools to assist parents, mentors and teachers in supporting students’ e-learning experience.

SchoolTalk (Washington, DC) — This 2-year, $60,000 grant funds the development and evaluation of an interactive and test an interactive, arts-integrated conflict resolution education curriculum to help transition-aged youth with disabilities aged 14-21 address interpersonal conflicts and organizational challenges in the workplace, providing them with knowledge and skills to improve their own transition outcomes by maintaining meaningful community-based employment.

To view the 2015 Notice of Funding Availability, click here.

2014 Grants

The Foundation provided grant support for the following initiatives:

Online Peer Mediation Platform
Initiated by ACR and currently administered by the National Association of Peer Program Professionals (NAPPP), this $55,000, 2-year grant funded the development of a comprehensive online peer mediation website, enabling children aged 10-18 to learn about, practice, receive mentoring, and provide peer mediation services online.

Based on the increasing prevalence of online public education and growing preference for technology-supported communications, the online platform will be designed to serve students in a variety of settings, including conventional school peer mediation programs, charter and cyber-schools, as well as programs sponsored through community groups, recreation centers, boys and girls clubs, and other interested organizations.

The comprehensive web-based platform will include several interactive components, including a clearinghouse of peer mediation information and resources, online peer mediation training, skills assessment for trained peer mediators, and a platform for conducting online peer mediation sessions.

For additional information regarding this program, click here.

Conflict Resolution Education for Children of Incarcerated and Returning Parents (CHIRP)
Developed by the Good Shepherd Mediation Program in Philadelphia in collaboration with state and local, prison administrators, juvenile justice advocates and child welfare organizations, this $85,000, two-year grant funds a unique program providing conflict resolution education to children of parents who are currently in prison or returning home after a period of incarceration.

Complementing GSMP’s Restorative Reentry Services for inmates and former inmates following their release from prison, this initiative focuses on providing their children with the necessary communication, decision-making, and conflict resolution skills to help them effectively navigate the many challenges they face and, where possible, to facilitate family reunification.

For additional information regarding this program, contact Cheryl Cutrona at Good Shepherd Mediation Program at

For further information regarding the JAMS Foundation/ACR Initiative for Students and Youth, contact:
Cheryl Jamison, ACR, at
David Brandon, Managing Director, JAMS Foundation, at


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