The group discusses the incident and decides how it should be resolved – usually with a written apology and community service. The program also requires that the parents participate in the resolution process.
“We are doing that to strengthen the institution of parents and family so the parents can also feel that they have a stake in their children’s lives,” Ali said.
Ali calls the Center an example of “a problem finding a solution,” and said he hopes to expand to provide conflict mediation services to other African immigrants.
“I would like to see the Center as a place where dialogue can be promoted and as a place where communities can be united,” he said.