Raphah Institute

Restoring Community, One Family at a Time

Nashville, TN   |  www.raphah.org

Mission

Every day, lives are traumatically impacted by societal harm. Structural/systemic defects leave people few options for healing or transformation. This results in generational cycles of harm. But, what if, as a community, we decided to interrupt these complicated, layered challenges? What if we could develop scalable and adaptive strategies that disrupt societal harm to prioritize our pursuit of individual healing and positive transformation? Raphah Institute partners with community leaders to design and implement solutions that empower us all to heal from harm. Through strategic partnerships that look beyond the status quo, Raphah Institute represents a chance to confront our more complicated community challenges, take a uniquely crafted approach, and see transformative healing for all.

Ruling year info

2017

CEO

Travis Claybrooks

Main address

615 Main Street

Nashville, TN 37206 USA

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EIN

82-1181441

NTEE code info

Administration of Justice, Courts (Court Administration, Court Reform, Alternatives to Litigation and Sentencing) (I50)

Victims' Services (P62)

Delinquency Prevention (I21)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

People harmed by youth-involved crime, quite often, are left unrepaired. Youth involved in crime and go through the traditional criminal-legal system never have to account to themselves, people they have harmed, or their community for the harm they have caused. Furthermore, the underlying drivers of crime are rarely if ever addressed in the traditional criminal-legal process, leaving youth in a cycle of causing harm in their community. As a result, communities stand more vulnerable to more victimization and youth are more likely to remain in the criminal legal system into adulthood.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Restorative Justice Diversion

The Restorative Justice Diversion Program (RJDP) serves youth (ages 12-17) responsible for felony harms and those who have been harmed by them. We use Restorative Community Conferencing (RCC) and Restorative Advocacy (RA). RCC is an evidence-based, restorative approach to finding justice involving highly supported, in-person conversation between the youth, those they have harmed, and their impacted communities. All parties work together to understand the impact created by the harm, address historical trauma associated with the harm (through RA), and create a victim-centered restoration plan that supports the healing of the person harmed and the youth's transformation. Restorative Advocacy is a mentorship-based engagement for promoting positive youth development and trauma reduction in youth. In RA, we help youth connect with trauma-informed and culturally-competent relationships, activities, and therapies that promote healthy executive function and reduce both the incidence and impact of trauma in the life of the youth and the liklihood that they will harm others.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Center for Nonprofit Management (Nashville) 2019

Leadership Nashville 2020

Alignment Nashville 2019

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to extend to our community a platform for resolving youth involved crime in a way that allows persons who have been harmed to have the primary voice in how their case is resolved and what healing and restoration looks life for the, The same platform will allow for a young person to truly account to themselves, the person they harmed, and their community for the harm they have caused. As an inherent part of this process, the unique and individual factors that may explain the youth's behavior will be addressed in order to prevent the youth from recidivating.

Our strategy is to have certain eligible cases diverted from juvenile court to a restorative justice process that uses restorative community conferencing as a model for addressing and repairing harm. Once accepted, we then work individually with the person harmed, the responsible youth and their respective supporting community members to prepare them for a live, in-person conversation together about the harm, its impact, and how to repair it. This preparation process involves supporting the person harmed in understanding and articulating the impact of the harm caused them and discovering how they want their needs met. Similarly, it involves working with the responsible youth in taking accountability for the harm and preparing an apology for it. It includes a therapeutic response to the youth that addresses their own historic victimization. The conference itself results in a restoration plan that reflects the consensus reached around how the harm will be repaired. The youth is mentored in the completion of the plan. Once the plan is completed, all parties involved are informed and the case is resolved.

We operate the restorative justice program under a partnership agreement between our organization, our Juvenile Court Judge, our county District Attorney, our county Public Defender, and our city Police Chief. We have trained restorative justice facilitators that manage the cases. We have partnership with other community based organizations that support the delivery of the program.

in FY2019, we launched the program and facilitated 30 cases with a 100% participant satisfaction. In FY2020, we plan to facilitate 50 cases.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Raphah Institute

Board of directors
as of 02/11/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Ron Galbraith

Retired

Term: 2018 - 2024

Bobby Garfinkle

Retired

Travis Claybrooks

Raphah Institute

Jones Adukeh

Lipscomb University

Sylvia Johnson

Sylvia Johnson CPA

Karen Shaw

United Healthcare

Jenn Block

Hospital Corporation of America

Sonia Steward

Hamilton County, TN School District

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/8/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data