12/7/2020: Jamel Campbell-Gooch, Gideon’s Army

Gideon’s Army is a community-based, grassroots organization that works to design programs, based on contemporary interpretations of the theory of restorative justice. As locally based organization with a long-term goal for state-wide expansion, Gideon’s Army is currently the only local organization in Nashville that focuses solely on dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline through social activism by children in the prison pipeline, their families, and their community. Utilizing research-based best practices combined with community outreach, Gideon’s Army builds its restorative justice programs based upon this information and uses program results to guide its policy work. Through intensive volunteer and community training as well as dialogue, we as a community lead and work together throughout the entire process. The organization uniquely emphasizes youth empowerment and community member leadership as well as direct interfacing with families, the juvenile courts, and the public school system. Gideon’s Army facilitators, mentors, and other volunteers are members of the North Nashville community, who train fellow youth, educators, and others in continuing the process of educating. This training structure creates a positive cyclical pipeline based in restorative juice to combat the destructive effects of the school to prison pipeline.

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Rotarians: We continue to monitor the news and guidelines on public meetings and have temporarily suspended in-person meetings.  In the meantime, we’re excited to announce several ways to stay connected to our community.

VIRTUAL MONDAY MEETINGS

We are currently hosting virtual Rotary meetings. You will receive call in information in each weekly newsletter and in a reminder email on Monday mornings. Meetings will be conducted via Zoom from 12:00-1:00 p.m.  Zoom allows for meetings to be held by audio (call in and listen on your phone) and by video (use your phone or computer to watch and listen).

VIRTUAL ROTARY AFTER HOURS

Social distancing doesn’t mean social isolation! Each happy hour or coffee will be limited to 10 people to ensure good conversation. Grab your favorite beverage and log in to the Zoom meeting from your couch. Sign up here.