For middle and high school students, CIRCLE UP opens discussion on key themes of justice, revenge, forgiveness, and accountability.  Many young people in schools, particularly in communities with high rates of poverty and crime, have been impacted by violence in the community.  The film offers an opportunity to explore what “justice” means in their lives, how violence has affected them, and what they can do to help heal and transform their own community.

The New York Department of Education has brought the CIRCLE UP team in multiple times to lead professional development events around the film and restorative justice implementation.

Boston Public Schools uses CIRCLE UP to guide trauma-affected young people away from anger and revenge and towards forgiveness and healing.

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