We are very proud to announce the recipients of the

The Raymond Shonholtz Visionary Peacemaker Award  

Anayvette Martinez
Anayvette founded the School-Based Initiative for LYRIC (Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center) in 2011.  Her innovative program focuses on creating a safe learning environment for the 3,000+ lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQQ) youth in the San Francisco United School District. It promotes "allyship" over tolerance, giving participants practical tools to address harassment, bullying, and other violence against LGBTQQ youth. Under her leadership, the initiative provides a year-long gender/sexuality-emphasized social justice course for students, a professional development training track for teachers and school staff, and discussion circles and support groups for families.  Now in its third year, Anayvette's work is serving as a best practices model for schools throughout California and across the nation.

The Gail Sadalla Rising Peacemaker Award

Sasha Rodriguez
Sasha is a senior and a member of Peer Resources at Abraham Lincoln High School. She demonstrates positive leadership and models peacemaking, serving as a peer counselor, a peer mediator, and a member of the school's Restorative Practices Leadership Team. As peer counselor and peer mediator, Sasha offers other students a safe venue to discuss and resolve their conflicts and repair relationships.  As Restorative Practices Leadership Team member, Sasha bridges the gulf between adults and youth, working enthusiastically with teachers and school staff to promote Restorative Practices schoolwide. She engages and challenges all to build bridges and to better understand each other.  Sasha is truly an outstanding, vibrant role model for effective communication, collaborative problem solving, and peacemaking in a diverse urban environment.

The Community Boards Leadership Peacemaker Award

Bayview Hunters Point Foundation for Community Improvement
Founded in 1971, Bayview Hunters Point Foundation for Community Improvement is San Francisco's largest organization dedicated to serving the City's African American population.  The scope of its programming is impressive: outreach, crisis response, trauma recovery, mental health services, recreation, job training and placement, alternative education, and health services.  Of special note are its Community Response Network (CRN), its Youth Services program, and its ROSIE Project.  They are collaborative frameworks that address the multitude of issues around gangs and youth violence.  CRN offers wraparound support to victims of violence at the crime scene, in the hospital, in the home, and in the neighborhood.  Youth Services provides drug treatment counseling and home supervision for juvenile probationers.  ROSIE Project supports and skill-builds at risk girls and young women 14-25 years old with positive life choices in school, in the community, and in the courts and legal system. (Pictured: Jacob Moody, Executive Director)