The man who had the vision from the beginning
Andre Griggs was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He has a Bachelor of Science in Criminology/Corrections and Masters in Education with a background in Alcohol and Drug Prevention. Andre does missionary work in the Philippines, Africa and has presented to thousands of youth and adults home and abroad. Andre began developing a mentoring program that included restorative practices. In 2011 he created a prevention, leadership, and intervention peer advocacy integrative curriculum.
The people who help make the vision a reality
Hi, my name is John Dupree III. I was born in Los Angeles, CA. I am a first year at UC Merced as a Computer Science major. I chose to be with R.J.L because so many students are struggling with key topics in education such as math. Math is such a crucial skill to have in today's society. I want to be a catalyst against the stigma and strife against math and propel students forward in the right direction so they can be successful. One fun fact about me is that I am the creator of this website!
Hello, my name is Cierra Daniels and I am a fourth-year undergrad student at UC Merced. I am majoring in Management and Business Economics. What I hope to achieve with this fellowship is that I am able to change the perspective of students when it comes to the outlook of higher education. In my free time I like painting and playing my guitar.
Hello, my name is Tracy Valle! I am from Ontario, CA. I am a second year Political Science major at UC Merced. I am with R.J.L to get the opportunity to work and grow a bond with my fellows and create a great team with the students. I want to help communicate community matters with workshops and fun activities. I hope to collaborate with the students and help them with any personal problems and create solutions together. A fun fact about myself is that my favorite color is pink!
Hello, my name is Kimberly Garcia and I am a fourth year Psychology major attending UC Merced. I am originally from San Jose, not Merced! I joined Restorative Justice League because of the opportunity to help kids. I have attended the conference events and enjoyed it. I want to be able to help kids with healing and mentor them in following a life where they are satisfied with where they end up. One fun fact about myself is that I am a big Kpop fan and love their music.
Hello, My name is Oyinkansola Amao and I am a Second Year Bioengineering Major at UC Merced. I am originally from Lagos Nigeria, but I live in Laguna Niguel, California. I am a part of R.J.L to gain stronger relationships with people with similar love for serving their community, to express my passion for tutoring and mentoring, and to help the young youths in the community feel a sense of security through restorative practices. One fun fact about me is I love to dance and listen to Afro-Beats.
Hello, my name is Yasari Trujillo-Ciseros. I am a first year Biology major at UC Merced, originally from a small town named Woodlake, which is an hour away from Fresno. I am working with R.J.L because I want to be able to help students find their path and to help R.J.L with the social emotional work they provide. As a student, I can understand some of the students struggles and hopefully help provide them with a solution. A fun fact about me is that I have played the clarinet for 6 years.
My name is Samantha Velazquez. I am originally from Los Angeles, California. This is my third year as a Psychology major at UC Merced. After obtaining my Bachelor's degree, I plan to go to graduate school to pursue my Doctorate in Clinical Psych. I hope to be beneficial to my community by means of education and communication. I believe that communities can further develop through education, which is why the younger generation is significant. One fun fact about me is that I like to travel.
Hello My name is Adeline Nibitanga, I'm a second-year majoring in Psychology and minoring in Spanish. I'm originally from Mozambique and now I live in San Diego. I am part of the Restorative Justice
League because I want to do something that would make me feel connected to the community. I love
working with kids, during summer I volunteer at schools to tutor kids and also help teach classes.
One fun fact about me is that I love learning about cultures.
My name is Stephanie Montiel and I am from Los Angeles. The reason why I joined Restorative
Justice League is because I enjoy helping others and giving back to the community. In RJL we
help support families and the youth, by being in this program I am helping my community and
understanding others who are different from me. A fun fact about me is that I am a plant mom.