JAMS is a commercial dispute resolution service that created the JAMS Foundation to give back to the community. This nonprofit's mission is to promote alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including providing grants to entities dedicated to resolving differences through conflict resolution. They are currently offering the JAMS Foundation and the Association for Conflict Resolution Initiative for Students and Youth Conflict Resolution Education to help students avoid gangs.
The Initiative for Students and Youth Conflict Resolution Education
This grant supports programs that advance conflict prevention and resolution strategies in their service to youth. This year the current area of concentration is youth at heightened vulnerability for gang involvement, such as those experiencing changes in family dynamics, relocation, trauma, addiction, economic challenges, encounters with the criminal justice system, and other risk factors. One to two applicants will be selected for a grant of up to $40,000, with the potential to be funded up to $20,000 for a second year upon successful performance in the first year.
Below are selected examples of previous winners. Themes vary by year.
- The Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration - Combined conflict resolution and the performing arts, including photography, videography, digital storytelling, and improv to give youth positive outlets for expression.
- The Supreme Court of Ohio - Developed a web-based mobile application and truancy mediation program to help elementary and high school students avoid the juvenile justice system.
- The Nashville Conflict Resolution Center - In conjunction with the public housing authority, the Juvenile Court and others initiated a restorative justice program which included connecting youth involved in certain gateway crimes to resources and services.
- Our Family Services in Tuscon, AZ - Expanded a pilot program that makes available conflict resolution training for homeless and abused youth and their care providers. The training materials from this program will be made available free of charge to other organizations involved with juvenile justice, foster care, child welfare, and other disadvantaged youth.
Applying to the Program
Eligible applicants are state and local governments, nonprofits, academic institutions, schools/school districts, and other organizations. The deadline to apply is February 14, 2018.
- The Warren Knight Award - The Warren Knight Distinguished Service Award comes with a $25,000 grant to recognize the work of individuals and/or organizations who have advanced the principles of conflict resolution.
- JAMS Foundation/NAFCM Mini-Grant Program - These mini-grants of $12,000 to $15,000 will be awarded to programs that can be replicated by community mediation centers across the country. The subject area for 2018 and the Request for Proposals will be available in February.
- ADR Educational Materials - The foundation makes free training materials available to law professors and ADR instructors. Materials must be used in an educational setting.