Through the introduction and practice of traditional forms of healing, CURYJ youth gain leadership skills to generate concrete community changes.
YOUTH IN ACTION
CURYJ connects young men with opportunities to organize and take action to improve their communities and address systemic injustices.
CURYJ program activities entail highly intensive, inter-generational support and mentoring of young men who have experienced violence within their communities
The CURYJ community works on neighborhood mural projects to illuminate various aspects of their cultural heritage, as well as offer social commentary on pertinent issues such as resident displacement.
OPENING SOON: La Cultura Cura Cultural Arts Café
A social enterprise aimed to reestablish old indigenous trade routes and to provide restorative justice for formally incarcerated adults and youth
CINCO DE MAYO ’14
CURYJ joined friends and family to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and to honor the legacy of our ancestors and continue the struggle for justice
A Southern California historical tour is a staple field trip of the Raza Studies course in the Dewey Academy.
Communities for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ, pronounced as 'courage') emerged out of organizing that opposed the North Oakland and Fruitvale gang injunctions, initiated by Oakland's City Attorney in 2010. At our foundation is the understanding that only through community healing, and reconnecting to our indigenous roots, can we begin to address the violence we have faced from colonialism and forced migration. Through our programming we show that current models of justice are ineffective, and that restorative justice circles, mural creation, community garden development and engaging in ceremony lead to a healthy community. Additionally CURYJ is developing youth leadership to transform criminal justice policy at the city, county and state-level through active participation in coalitions that are working toward alternatives to incarceration and policing. We look forward to building with you as we put into practice our vision for Oakland's future.
2289 International Blvd. Oakland, CA 94606