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American Alpine Club
The American Alpine Club was established in 1902 by the leading climbers and conservationists in the nation. The mission of the organization is to support a shared passion for climbing and a respect for the places people climb. As the premier national organization devoted to issues facing climbers and mountaineers, the AAC leads mountaineering advocacy, conservation, research, history and documentation in the U.S. The last several years have marked the culmination of a strategic plan to deliver more services to climbers and volunteers at the local level. As a result, the AAC has seen a dramatic increase in membership and now counts over 14,500 members nationwide, ranging from beginning climbers to the most experienced mountaineers in the world. The organization is in the final months of a $5.7 million funding campaign.
Longmont Community Justice Partnership
Longmont Community Justice Partnership (LCJP) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit formed under the name Teaching Peace. We provide restorative justice services for our community and schools. We invite you to explore the website to find out more about who we are and the work that we do.
The Longmont Community Justice Partnership depends on community volunteers for service delivery. We have a free training program for interested and qualified volunteers. Please explore our Volunteer section to learn more about becoming a volunteer with LCJP.
History & Operational Values of Teaching Peace
Longmont Community Justice Partnership holds a vision for restorative justice being the first thought for resolving the harm of crime and conflict by all people.
The 5 R's of Restorative Justice
The Values Guiding the Longmont Community Justice Partnership
Restorative practices recognize that when a wrong occurs, individuals and communities feel violated. It is the damage to these relationships that is primarily important and is the central focus of what restorative practices seek to address. When relationships are strong, people experience more fulfilling lives, and communities become places where we want to live. Relationships may be mended through the willingness to be accountable for one's actions and to make repair of harms done.
Respect is the key ingredient that holds the container for all restorative practices, and it is what keeps the process safe. It is essential that all persons in a restorative process be treated with respect. Every person is expected to show respect for others and for themselves. Restorative processes require deep listening, done in a way that does not presume we know what the speaker is going to say, but that we honor the importance of the other's point of view. Our focus for listening is to understand other people, so, even if we disagree with their thinking, we can be respectful and try hard to comprehend how it seems to them.
For restorative practices to be effective, personal responsibility must be taken. Each person needs to take responsibility for any harm they caused to another, admitting any wrong that was done, even if it was unintentional. Taking responsibility also includes a willingness to give an explanation of the harmful behavior. All persons in the circle are asked to search deeply in their hearts and minds to discover if there is any part of the matter at hand for which they have some responsibility. Everyone needs to be willing to accept responsibility for his or her own behavior.
The restorative approach is to repair the harm that was done to the fullest extent possible, recognizing that harm may extend beyond anyone's capacity for repair. It is this principle that allows us to set aside thoughts of revenge and punishment. Once the persons involved have accepted responsibility for their behavior and they have heard in the restorative process about how others were harmed by their action, they are expected to make repair. It is through taking responsibility for one's own behavior and making repair that persons may regain or strengthen their self-respect and the respect of others.
For the restorative process to be complete, persons who may have felt alienated, must be accepted into the community. Reintegration is realized when all persons have put the hurt behind them and moved into a new role in the community. This new role recognizes their worth and the importance of the new learning that has been accomplished. The person having shown him or herself to be an honorable person through acceptance of responsibility and repair of harm has transformed the hurtful act. At the reintegration point, all parties are back in right relationship with each other and with the community. This reintegration process is the final step in achieving wholeness.
The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 35 countries and all 50 United States. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. With the support of more than 1 million members we have protected over 119 million acres of land around the world. In Colorado, the Conservancy has protected nearly 1 million acres of land and restored over 1,000 river miles with the support of more than 30,000 in-state members.
Building on 60 years of experience, The Nature Conservancy is creating solutions to Colorado's biggest conservation challenges in ways that balance the needs of nature with those of people. The Conservancy's current 5-year strategic plan, "Colorado Challenges, Colorado Solutions," establishes an ambitious vision to drive conservation in Colorado through five key areas:
- Conserving Critical Lands as we face growing populations, a changing climate and spreading energy development pressures;
- Securing Water for nature while balancing the needs of people in a time of greater demand and smaller supply;
- Restoring Forests to a healthier state so catastrophic wildfires do not threaten people, water, wildlife or the many other benefits healthy forests provide;
- Connecting People to the Value of Nature by increasing awareness and engagement to generate support for action on behalf of the environment;
- Pursuing Organizational Excellence as a fundamental enabling condition of transformative conservation outcomes.
The Nature Conservancy's history of success in Colorado in achieving tangible, lasting conservation results is built on our consistent approach to addressing conservation challenges:
- We are committed to science. Science guides all our work.
- We are collaborative and non-partisan. We bring public and private partners together to find solutions.
- We work locally and globally. We combine the hands-on impacts of a local nonprofit and the global reach of an international organization to get things done at home and around the world.