Salam Mustafa is a dedicated youth advocate who has many years of experience in college planning, restorative justice, and youth development. She started out her career with youth when she joined AmeriCorps as the Youth Development Associate for the Harlem Youth Court- a peer to peer diversion program. She went on to manage the Harlem Youth Court for nearly 5 years, training teens to use positive peer pressure and restorative practices to help respondents expunge their records and have their cases dismissed.
She recently worked with the Boys and Girls Club of Sonoma Valley as a Program Director for the Middle School ASES program and a College and Career Program Manager of the Teen Club where she created events by teens and for teens, took members on college tours, and collaborated with community organizations to provide teens with access to job training and internships.
She believes restorative justice practices are important to implement in a school setting because it allows for the students to learn different methods to resolve conflict and they learn how to apply these practices in various areas of their lives. This leads to well rounded individuals that are prepared for life beyond academics and become proactive members of their communities.