Indiana charter school awarded grant funding from ACR/JAMS Foundation

Gary Lighthouse Academy will use funds to train youth leaders to reduce violence, bullying
By: Lighthouse Academies
Lighthouse Academies
Lighthouse Academies
TAMPA, Fla. - Oct. 28, 2019 - PRLog -- Lighthouse Academies' Gary, Indiana college prep academy for grades 9-12 will be awarded $60,000 in funding over a two-year period from the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) and the JAMS Foundation (JAMS).

As part of ACR/JAMS' Initiative for Students and Youth, nonprofit organizations serving youth could submit projects that would reduce youth bullying and violence and increase the development of conflict resolution education (CRE) skills.

Gary Lighthouse Academy will receive $40,000 in year one and $20,000 in year two of the "Youth Leading Peers in Reduction of Violence/Bullying via Social Emotional Learning" pilot program, which will train students in grades 10-12 to initiate, facilitate and lead conflict resolution processes, including restorative circles and peer juries, in an effort to reduce youth violence and bullying and promote mutual respect and non-violence.

"Youth Leading Peers" will build on the success of the school's of Project Intervention, a program that introduced restorative circles, peer juries, and peace paths to teen scholars during the 2013-14 academic year. Project Intervention led to a decline in bullying and violence and an 80 percent drop in suspensions. The new program funded by ACR/JAMS will enhance the original program by training trainers and adapting the program to the digital environment, where much bullying occurs.

"We are delighted to have been awarded a grant by JAMS/ACR," said Khori Whittaker, CEO of Lighthouse Academies. "These funds will ultimately help our scholar population at Gary CPA learn how to build healthy relationships and resolve conflict in a constructive way."

About JAMS
Founded in 1979, JAMS ( is the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution services worldwide. With 28 locations, JAMS and its nearly 400 panelists are responsible for resolving thousands of the world's important cases every year. JAMS successfully resolves and manages business and legal disputes by providing efficient, cost-effective and impartial ways to overcome barriers at any stage of conflict. JAMS offers customized dispute resolution services locally and globally through a combination of industry-specific experience, first-class client service, top-notch facilities and highly trained panelists.

About Lighthouse Academies
Lighthouse Academies is a national network of 16 public charter schools in locations with the greatest need, representing the greatest challenge and greatest opportunity for transformation. They provide opportunities for children to discover, achieve and prepare for success in college, career and life. They work relentlessly to achieve these outcomes through a model that transforms children's futures, using their passion for creativity and innovation to transform underserved communities through quality public education. Learn more at

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