NCRC’s Year In Middle Tennessee

Check out NCRC’s impact on Tennessee (and a bit into Kentucky) in the year spanning June 1, 2016-June 1, 2017. This is a map of our participants by their residential zip code, laid over a map of TN counties. We had quite a year, and we are very proud to serve so many deserving Tennessee residents who benefitted from our restorative mediation practice.






June 15, 2017

This 2017 summer, two interns have joined the Nashville Conflict Resolution Center team to add some extra hands and help out. They come to us through the Mayor’s Opportunity NOW initiative, and their salaries are generously provided by the engaged and visionary HCA Foundation. Yitu and Tiobista, one a rising senior and the other a rising junior at Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet High School, will be at the office Mondays through Thursdays–unless they are out in the field with Brandon. We are glad to have their energy and dedication for the next six weeks, and we hope you will come in and get to know them!


My name is Yitu A. Ikapitte, I am 17 years old and i am a rising senior at MLK High. I came to temp at the NCRC because I was interested in the voluntary work of helping people who are having serious issues in their lives and to learn proper procedures to calm down and mediate serious situation. This summer I will spend my time to help out this important organization in any way possible as well as gain experience working with real mediators. I am proud to be part of this extraordinary team and look forward to the projects I will be taking part in this summer.

My name is Tiobista and I am 16 years old. I go to MLK High School and I am about to be a Junior. I am Ethiopian American, first generation born here in the states. There are many things I enjoy to do but mostly I like to help people, which is why I really like this organization, and am so glad to be spending my summer here. I really think I will gain a lot this summer so I am very excited to see where this internship will take me and what I will learn from it.


May 23, 2017

Earlier this month, NCRC joined with Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee to screen the documentary film, Resilience: The Biology Of Stress & The Science Of Hope. Several staff members had seen the film already, and we agreed that sharing it with all of our mediators would be of tremendous value to them and, by extension, to the people we serve. We put quite a lot of time and thought into our ongoing education for mediators, and one area of focus is sharing best practices for supporting mediation clients with trauma history. This film, we felt, would be perfect. But where could we hold a screening?

Enter the Joy in Learning committee of Westminster Presbyterian Church. Recognizing that Resilience would also be of great interest to the many parishioners who engage in outreach and mission work through the church, the church generously offered the use of their beautiful new gathering space for the screening. This venue was ideal, and it allowed us to gather a large and diverse audience. After the screening (lasting about an hour), the audience engaged a lively discussion of how best to use the lessons of the film. Reluctantly, the group broke up after another hour, as people finished the last delicious brownies (made by congregants) and returned to their afternoon obligations.

If you have not yet seen this film, we urge you to do so. For information on screening options, contact Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee.


March 22, 2017

The amazing group of students from WNE Law School on Alternative Spring Break, serving NCRC and exploring Nashville.

If you want to know what discipline, talent, teamwork, creativity, energy, and sparkling good humor look like in action, you need to meet these law students from Western New England University School of Law. Twenty talented students spent their Alternative Spring Break with us, producing a prodigious amount of much-needed research with aplomb. And laughter.

The law firm Nelson Mullins generously stepped in to support the group by providing a large conference room for the week where they could work. The students very much appreciated the opportunity to spend time at Nelson Mullins’s gorgeous downtown space, absorbing the professional culture of that environment. The other half of their time was spent at the NCRC office — far less glamorous than Nelson Mullins, but we did bring in lunch and keep them fueled with good french-press coffee.

The NCRC office feels oddly empty, now that they have returned to Massachusetts. We hope they decide to come back next year. And maybe, if we are lucky, a few will decide to launch their careers here in Nashville!

Alternative Spring Break at NCRC

Monday morning orientation with alternative spring break students from WNE law school.

March 13, 2017

We are thrilled to have 20 students from Western New England University Law School with us for an entire week!

They have come to Nashville to volunteer their time and energy with us during their spring break, earning pro bono credit hours required for school and learning the inside workings of a mediation center. They are a bit crowded here at the office, so we’ve divided them into two groups: each day, one group will be based at the office, and the other group will be based at Nelson Mullins. Spending time at Nelson Mullins is a wonderful opportunity for them; we are grateful to Brendi Kaplan (our Board President-Elect) for providing a conference room for the entire week.

So what can law students do for NCRC? Among other things, they are working in teams to research and gather information on mediation across TN, with particular attention paid to non-profit centers and groups that work with underserved communities. They are gathering information on the cost to litigate cases across the state; the counties that have passed the Dollar Bill legislation supporting mediation centers; the mediation stats and demographics of all organizations currently receiving funding from the AOC, etc.

Honestly, these students are amazing–they radiate positive energy and intelligence and drive. Stop by this week if you want to see them in action!