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... 

Tim Fisher is an experienced Restorative Justice Practitioner, Group Facilitator, and a Trainer and Consultant focused on issues of the LGBTQI+ community.  As a Facilitator with The Pacific Center for Human Growth in Berkeley, CA, as well as with the Oakland LGBTQ Center, Mr. Fisher facilitated Peer Support Groups and one-on-one therapeutic sessions, as well as groups such as Older & Out, The Middlemen Peer Support Group, and the Intergenerational Gay Men’s Panel. More...

Komoia Johnson is an experienced Trainer, Curriculum Designer, and Restorative Justice (RJ) Practitioner in the Bay Area since 2005.  Her training audience includes schoolteachers, students, families, administrators, and community-based organizations, as well as new pre-serviced and in-serviced teachers and student teachers at universities and colleges. More...

Jovelyn Richards 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 advocated for families as Therapeutic Behavior Specialist for Edgewood Family Center in San Francisco for three years.  Throughout her career in social service Ms. Richards integrated modalities of storytelling for healing.  More...

Hilary Roberts is the Executive Director of Peer Advocates Training and Consulting in Oakland, CA, and author of Peer Advocates in ActionMs. Roberts has been working with individuals, groups, schools, universities, and organizations, to build and sustain capacity in the areas of Peer Programming, Conscious Communication, Conflict Resolution, Restorative Practices, Diversity and Inclusion Awareness, and Leadership since 1979. As an Educator, Trainer, Consultant and Advisor to many school districts around the country, Ms. Roberts spent 26 years with the Fremont Unified School District in a variety of positions. 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 peer-led, anti-tobacco middle and high school programs in "Tobacco Use Prevention Education" (TUPE). In this role, Ms. Ross co-trains students and adults in ten Alameda County school 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...

Dr. 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. 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, culture diversity and various modalities to deal with disputes.  More...