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... 

Carlo Gómez Arteaga is an experienced Organizer, Public Policy Advocate, Group Facilitator, Trainer and Consultant focused on LGBTQI+, Immigrant, and Youth Equity. He is the Co-founder and Facilitator of the first Spanish language support group for Latinx Trans men Grupo de Apoyo Fénix in the San Francisco East Bay. Currently, he develops and organizes trainings for government agencies, non-profits, school districts, and hospitals titled Inclusive and Equitable Spaces for Transgender People: Best Practices, Policies & Systems™.  More... 

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...

Komoia Johnson is an experienced Trainer, Curriculum Designer, and Restorative Justice (RJ)/Conflict Resolution Practitioner in the Bay Area since 2005.  Her training audience includes schoolteachers, students, families, administrators, and community-based organizations, as well as professors, teachers in training, and mental health interns and licensed practitioners in higher education. More...

Danielle Nicole Motley-Lewis is a graduate of the Government Alliance For Racial Equity (GARE) 2018 Northern California cohort. She brings to the work, ten plus years of cross-sectoral and nonprofit leadership experience. She is the Founder and Principal Consultant of The Motley Collective (TMCo), a social impact consulting firm, that works primarily with organizations in the Bay Area and Metro Detroit that are concerned with policies and solutions to best support marginalized children, families and communities -- especially those impacted by mass incarceration and racial inequity. More... 

Jovelyn Richard has worked for over 25 years in challenged communities as a Family Advocate and Community Educator. Ms. Richards was instrumental in designing and implementing one of the first culturally diverse sensitive home-based programs in the state of Minnesota.  In 2003 Ms. Richards moved to the Bay Area and continued advocating for families as a Therapeutic Behavior Specialist for Edgewood Family Center in San Francisco for three years.  Throughout her career in social service Ms. Richards has integrated modalities of storytelling for community, families and individuals for healing. More...

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...

Kristy Ross has been a Youth Development Specialist at Alameda County Office of Education since mid 2017. As a Youth Development Specialist, Ms. Ross supports middle school and high school students and adults in four California Unified School Districts -- Fremont, Newark, Castro Valley and Livermore -- in anti-tobacco peer-led youth programs (TUPE). In this roll, Ms. Ross co-trains the students and adults in ten districts within the TUPE consortium. In the 2018–2019 school year, Ms. Ross co-trained over 700 Peer Educators. In addition, Ms. Ross runs and coordinates the countywide Youth Advisory Board   More...

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...

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...