Coming from Lebanon, a country that is filled with conflict, it was great to learn more about new methods of dealing with conflict through Restorative Justice. Working with TYJI has been truly eye opening and has changed my vision and approach to conflict resolution. I worked on creating several training documents and attended several trainings that have furthered my knowledge in the RJ field. The most significant takeaway I learned from working with TYJI is that there is always a space for healing and growth. This can really be shown in the workplace culture at Tow and through communicating with my
colleagues, supervisor and through the nature of my work at the institute. Graduating during a pandemic is not easy but I want to thank my colleagues at TYJI for being very supportive and always providing a space for growth. I am excited to go back to Lebanon and provide the knowledge and skills I have learned through TYJI.
“Rami has been a jack of all trades for our Restorative Justice project. Rami entered as an eager-to-learn unpaid intern in the Fall of 2019, and spent the semester assisting me in providing technical assistance to our School-Based Diversion Initiative schools. Rami did so much self-guided learning about Restorative Justice and Restorative Practices, and has been the most supportive student worker I could have asked for. This semester, Rami returned to work with me as a student worker, and together we did a tremendous amount of consultation planning for UNH student affairs and housing. When COVID-19 hit, Rami stepped up immediately to provide me with support and develop content for our online technical assistance and resource development for our school collaborators. Rami is the most appreciative and helpful person I could ever hope to work with. He has provided the project with innovative, creative ideas, he is always so grateful for my time and wisdom, and has provided me with a lot of joy and fun. Rami ran his own training, developed his own content, and keeps me motivated when we face challenges. I can’t wait to see what he does with the many skills he has been developing, but I am sure whatever it is will be AWESOME because of the wonderful person he is!”