Our new programs are collaborative attempts to solve a clearly identified systemic need. It is those systemic needs that feed the cycle of traumatic harm in our communities. Our foundational belief is that lasting change can only come when all people are empowered with the opportunities and resources to heal from harm.
Successful implementation of a program hinges on finding the right partners. We work together to design solutions collaboratively. With these partners, we then extend the solution to our community.
Early Embrace works towards the holistic wellbeing of young children, their families, and their communities by offering a healing and restorative early learning program.
We advance equity in education by increasing low-income families’ access to high-quality early learning. Our network of programs includes family empowerment programs as well as supports for home-based childcare providers. We target the communities in Davidson County with the highest child poverty rates, working to help communities heal from systemic racism and structural harm.
Addressing racial inequities in early childhood education is at the center of our work. We empower Black early educators, foster culturally sustaining pedagogy, and actively work to eliminate opportunity gaps for Black children.
Restorative Justice Diversion Program (RJDP)
We facilitate a restorative justice process for youth who have caused felony harm and the people they have harmed. In this process, we do 3 things:
- Support the person harmed in identifying the impact of the harm and what they need for repair.
- Support youth in taking accountability for the harm and responsibility for repairing it.
- Support youth in identifying the root causes of their choices and give them tools to transform.
The result is a sense of justice for the person who has been harmed and transformation for the youth who has caused the harm. Together, this makes for a safer and more just community.
Multisystemic Therapy (MST) empowers justice system-involved youth to heal and transform. We use intensive family and community-based treatment to help decrease youth criminal behavior, substance abuse and out-of-home placements.