REY employs youth apprenticed in restorative justice to train others in building community, repairing harm, and transforming institutions.

Contact us for a sample lesson from our Reentry through Resilience Curriculum today!

 
 
 

ABOUT

As educator and consultant, Udoro Gatewood has a Masters in Counseling from the University of St. Thomas, and has consulted in Houston, Philadelphia, San Antonio and South Carolina. She believes restorative justice sits at the crossroads of her two passions, social justice and social emotional learning. She is co-founder of the Restorative Justice Collaborative of Houston.

Co-Founders Udoro Gatewood and Anita Wadhwa built and refined a restorative justice program at a small high school in Houston, Texas which relied on youth to facilitate circles of all kinds in the school and around the city.

In its first three years, Gatewood, Wadhwa, and the youth facilitated 100 circles of all kinds, including support, healing, reentry, truancy, community building, accountability, and academic. 89 percent of participants were either very satisfied or satisfied with the outcomes, and 95  percent of support circle participants reported feeling more confident in the supports available for them to achieve their goals.

The program has been featured on local and national NPR, and over the years youth have conducted circle trainings with students, social workers, probation officers, teachers, principals, and parents all over Houston, and twice at the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Alumni of Color Conference.

A native Houstonian, Anita Wadhwa received her Ed.D from Harvard, and is the author of Restorative Justice in Urban Schools: Disrupting the School to Prison Pipeline. While in Boston she was mentored by Janet Connors. She is currently the Restorative Justice Coordinator at Yes Prep Northbrook High School, and founded the Restorative Justice Collaborative of Houston.

TESTIMONIALS

"The case scenarios are a fabulous way for the participants in the groups to dialogue."

Community in Schools Worker, Spring Branch

"If you are considering implementing restorative practices at your school, place of employment or just want to learn more about it for your own personal knowledge, REY's knowledge, passion and style cannot be matched."

Mor Regev, LMSW

Social Worker, KIPP Courage College Prep

"The training was great! I am a certified mediator and so I was aware of many of the ideas that were being used. I was not aware of this particular program though! I loved learning about it and getting to see these college students in action."

Community in Schools Worker, Baytown

"The training was so helpful in implementing the program at our school (Morton Ranch High School)...students tell their stories and give you a whole new perspective on student voice, the impact of discipline poorly implemented and the power of community. So powerful!"

Karen Sparks

Restorative Justice Coordinator, Katy ISD

 
 
 

IN THE MEDIA

Gatewood, Wadhwa and their youth apprenticeship model have been featured in the following places:

ALL SOULS READS WITH REV. GERALD DAVIS, February’s Book: Restorative Justice in Urban Schools: Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline by Anita Wadhwa 

‘We are on the right path’: Thoughts on the Restorative Community Practices Conference, October 2019

RESTORATIVE JUSTICE IN URBAN SCHOOLS: DISRUPTING THE SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE, Reviewer: Marsha Rampersaud, May 2018

Zero Tolerance or Restorative Justice Promoting Safer Schools for Our Students and Communities,Policy Brief, 2018

Book review of Restorative Justice in Urban Schools by Anita Wadhwa, International Review of Victimology, 2017

Teacher Story Slam: Educators Share Their Take On Innovation, Challenges, November 2017

Restorative Justice Practices in Schools Are Good for the Body, Mind and Soul, June 2017

Anita Wadhwa: How Schools, and Our Lives, Can Become Liberating Places, August 2017, RJ on the Rise Podcast

Why Education Power Trumps Voice, May 2017

Live From Summit 2017: Re-Thinking Student Discipline: What Schools Are Trying and Learning, May 2017

New Schools Venture Fund

Harvard Ed. Magazine, Summer 2016,Books

Free Press Houston, April 2016

Restorative Justice in the Education System

Psychology Today, March 2016

Restorative Justice in Urban Schools: A Book Review

KUHF, Local NPR, January 2016

Support Circles Grow at Spring Branch High School

Bridges Magazine, Fall 2015, p.21 (University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work)

Restorative Justice in Education: Learning From Students, April 2015

Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice, Webinar

Huffington Post, January 2015

Breaking Down Barriers: This Week in Daily Giving

The Pollination Project, January 2015

Anita Wadhwa, Seeding Restorative Justice in Houston schools

National NPR, May 2014

More School Districts Rethink Zero-Tolerance Policies

Restorative Justice Club supports training opportunities for students, 2014

KUHF, Local NPR, April 2014

For Discipline, School Uses ‘Healing Circles’ Instead of Harsh Punishment

KUHF, Local NPR, April 2014

Inside the Classroom: Teacher, Student Find Talking Eases Conflict

Anita Wadhwa - RJ on the Rise Podcast
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Harvard Ed. Magazine

Anita Wadhwa, Valissia Allen, Ric Zappa, Eldridge Greer, Amanda Aiken, John B. King, Jr at the NewSchools Venture Fund annual summit, speaking on school discipline.