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About Our Approach

Peer Advocates Training and Consulting is founded upon the concept that it is highly beneficial for all people to be understood, considered, and valued. We help groups, organizations, and individuals develop the practices, programs, and skills necessary to achieve understanding, positive communication, collaboration, and cooperation. 

 

Our goal is to help you create a thriving, safe, and comfortable community with beneficial outcomes for all participants.

Our method is highly relational, interactive, and collaborative. We use a hands-on and experiential approach to training, consulting, and facilitating. 

 

Our solutions include curricula and trainings that we customize to meet your essential requirements while remaining true to industry best practices. We’ll work with you to develop programs and practices that best suit your organization and individual needs. 

About Our Team

Yejide Ankobia is a highly skilled and experienced Restorative Justice Practitioner, Trainer and Consultant. She has designed, developed, coordinated, and implemented Restorative Justice Programs and Practices in schools and school districts, community organizations, prisons and workplace settings since 2006.  More... 

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Carlo Gómez Arteaga is an experienced organizer, public policy advocate, group facilitator, and trainer with over twenty years of experience focused on LGBTQI+, Immigrant, and Youth Equity. As the Development Coordinator for the Dolores Huerta Foundation, Mr. Gómez Arteaga worked with the organization on its mission to inspire and organize communities to build volunteer organizations empowered to pursue social justice. The foundation’s work was focused on Civic Engagement, Education Equity, Health, and Safety, and LGBTQIA+ Equality.   More... 

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Tim Fisher is an experienced Restorative Justice Practitioner, Group Facilitator, Peer Specialist, and a Trainer and Consultant focused on issues of the LGBTQI+, senior, and incarcerated men communities. As a Facilitator and Peer Specialist with The Pacific Center for Human Growth in Berkeley, CA, Mr. Fisher facilitates Peer Support Groups as well as those directed towards specific demographics, including Older & Out and The Middlemen Peer Support Group.  More...

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Komoia Johnson is an experienced Trainer, Curriculum Designer, and Restorative Justice (RJ)/Conflict Resolution Practitioner in the Bay Area since 2006.  Her training audience includes schoolteachers, students, families, and administrators, locally and nationally as well as community-based organizations, professors, teachers in training, and mental health interns and licensed practitioners in higher education. More...

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Kristy Packer currently holds the Program Manager of Youth Development role at the Alameda County Office of Education. Mrs. Packer supports the Tier 2 Tobacco Use Prevention Education Grant as part of the School Health Services Department. In this roll, Mrs. Packer trains up students and adults within 13 school districts within the TUPE consortium and provides support throughout Alameda County.  More...

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Hilary Roberts, Founder and Executive Director of Peer Advocates Training and Consulting and author of Peer Advocates in Action, is a much sought-after Trainer, Consultant, Conference Presenter, and Curriculum Developer specializing in Transformative Education. The focus of her expertise is to help public and private organizations to rethink and reshape organizational and personal culture, climate, communication and collaboration practices, and disciplinary responses. Her work is well known throughout the west coast by municipal and state governments, school districts and universities as well as community groups and individuals. More...

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André Robinson is a Community and Cultural Organizer, Activist and Consultant with a background as a Director, Producer, Writer, and Creative Place-Maker. He has devoted his life’s work to the implementation and advocacy for inclusive revitalization and growth. For more than 40 years, he has been working in community, talent, and cultural development, racial equity training, board and organizational capacity and civic engagement. More... 

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Sima Savdharia is a formally educated Kingian Nonviolence Trainer, Restorative Justice Practitioner, Conflict Coach and a Certified Mediator. She has a wealth of experience in the realm of conflict de-escalation and has brought this skillset to her work as a Mediator, Case Manager, and Classroom Educator. She is also a Transformative Justice Facilitator who conducts community accountability processes within a healing justice framework. More...

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Naima Shalhoub is an experienced Restorative Justice Practitioner (RJ), Educator, Community Organizer and Musician. She is passionate about the intersections of art, music, trauma healing somatic, practices, community building and transformation and centers compassion, systemic change, social justice and radical joy in the work that she holds in community. As a first-generation daughter of Arab refugee immigrants, her upbringing deeply informs the heart of her work. More... 

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Angela Smith is an award-winning Trainer, Consultant, Author, Practitioner, and much sought after Motivational Speaker in the fields of Leadership, Conflict Resolution, Restorative Justice Practices, Bullying Resilience, and Diversity and Equity. Dr. Smith’s book, “Bullying Resilience: Informing Schools and Communities to Transform Conflict by Using an Anti-Bullying Restorative Justice Campaign” is a resource for many educators, Human Resource Departments and communities seeking to resolve complex issues. Her work examines the effects and resolution of bullying behavior, as well as other conflicts, in a collaborative, cooperative and communicative manner. More...

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Sharon Tom, founder of ‘Ohana Resource Group, has been a practitioner and trainer in the Alternative Dispute Resolution Industry for over 20 years.  Her expertise is in working with communities, families, businesses and schools teaching skills to understand and utilize the unique strengths of individuals, the fine art of effective communications, cultural diversity and various modalities to deal with disputes.   More... 

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Majtabah Walai is an online meetings tech specialist. In this capacity he runs all tech aspects of Peer Advocates online trainings from strategic planning to designing, implementing and managing trainings in real time. His knowledge base includes Zoom, Google Meets, Microsoft Teams as well as other emerging online meeting apps.  More..

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