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Adler Trustee Climbs Kilimanjaro 
 to Fundraise for Anti-Violence Work 07.05.17
Adler Trustee Climbs Kilimanjaro
to Fundraise for Anti-Violence Work

Adler University community members know all too well that fighting for those in need can sometimes feel like climbing a mountain. But as University Trustee Noland Joiner embarks this week on an ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro, that feeling is much more than a metaphor.

Joiner kicked off his 10-day climb to the highest peak in Africa on June 18. Among his ambitious goals is to raise $50,000 to help fund Adler University’s anti-violence work. Through its six Restorative Justice (RJ) Hubs, alone, the graduate school served 774 Chicago youth and about 90 families in 2016 who have been impacted by life-altering violence.

The University’s RJ Hubs represent a community-led restorative approach to youth crime and conflict. They establish safe places in Chicago neighborhoods—youth are welcomed and supported to build healthy relationships, express themselves, address trauma, and develop crucial skills and core competencies.

Work through RJ Hubs is grounded in the following five pillars, which are essential to reducing violence and improving holistically support among young people:

  1. Radical Hospitality: Providing a welcoming and hospitable place.
  2. Accompaniment: Joining youth on their journey.
  3. Building Relationships: Fostering connections among youth and families.
  4. Relentless Engagement: Consistently interacting with systems and their respective stakeholders.
  5. Learning Community: Collaborating with and learning from fellow RJ Hubs.

Current RJ Hubs include The Precious Blood Center in Back of the Yards; Urban Life Skills in Little Village; Lawndale Christian Legal Center in North Lawndale; Circles and Ciphers in Rogers Park; Alliance of Local Service Organization in Humboldt Park-Logan Square; and Target Area DevCorp in Auburn-Gresham. All of the centers share the goal of igniting positive change in violence and trauma care for children and their families by providing—among other services—conflict mediation and consistent therapeutic support for those suffering from mental illness.

As a concerned resident and past fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago, Joiner vows to drive change in our city. Violence impacting our marginalized populations must end, he says, and no one should feel the devastation and fear facing their communities on a daily basis.

“I am climbing a big mountain so we can solve a big problem,” he said. “Kilimanjaro signifies an infinite source of energy, possibilities and hope. And like Adler, it pushes you to limits you didn’t know existed within you and makes you strive to embrace challenges, change, diversity and courage.”

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Visit Joiner’s giving page to donate to his cause, and read more about Adler University's mission of engaging communities to restore social justice.

About Adler University

Adler University educates students to engage the world and create a more just society. Established in 1952, it enrolls more than 1,400 students in master’s and doctoral programs for social change through its campuses in downtown Chicago and Vancouver, as well as an Online Campus. Adler University’s mission is to continue the pioneering work of Alfred Adler, the first community psychologist, by graduating socially responsible practitioners, engaging communities and advancing social justice.