Youth Development

OC Human Relations

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Santa Ana, CA


To foster mutual understanding among residents and eliminate prejudice, intolerance and discrimination in order to make Orange County a better place for ALL people to live, work and do business.
 OC Human Relations is dedicated to creating a future where we, as a community, are made stronger by our diversity rather than being broken into antagonistic factions based upon our differences. We envision a community where all people feel valued and included, and we are about the business of creating the model programs that can bring life to that vision. 

To realize our vision, we provide proactive, inter-group relations and violence prevention programs in schools and communities throughout Orange County. These programs are provided in partnerships with individuals, corporations, schools, cities and foundations. The goal is to eliminate prejudice, intolerance and discrimination. The programs provided by OC Human Relations include: 

- Community Building; Community Capacity Building through community organizing; Living Room Dialogues, diversity training and tracking and reporting Hate Crime for the County of Orange 

- Mediation, including community, family and court based multi-lingual dispute resolution services and Mediation Certification Training 

- BRIDGES Safe & Respectful School Program, Summer BRIDGES Youth Leadership Camp, Walk In My Shoes Youth Leadership Symposiums, Restorative Practices / Restorative Justice Program, Connected Classrooms Teacher Training and Parent Leadership Institutes for non-English speaking parents

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Principal Officer

Mrs. Alison Edwards

Main Address

1801 E. Edinger Ave #115

Santa Ana, CA 92705 USA


Intergroup Relations, Leadership Development, Civil Rights, Capacity Building, Mediation, Dispute Resolution, Youth Leadership, Inclusion, OC Human Relations, BRIDGES, HateFreeOC, WeAreOneOC





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Intergroup/Race Relations (R30)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

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Community Building Program

BRIDGES School Intergroup Relations and Violence Prevention Program

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Create safe, inclusive school climates respectful of ALL people by reaching 30,000 students in our BRIDGES Program annually.
Use mediation, reconciliation and restorative practices to resolve 2,000 disputes and teach 500 people in mediation and restorative practices annually.
Build community by promoting respect and understanding among diverse residents, teaching community engagement, responding to hate crime, facilitating Listening Sessions and dialogues, and building low-income community capacity.

Building trust relationships with diverse residents and institutions.
Assist individuals, schools and cities develop meaningful opportunities for resident engagement.
Develop engaging trainings to empower residents to have a voice in the decision-making process.
Facilitate restorative circles in schools and communities.
Mentor diverse youth leaders to become positive voices for safe, inclusive schools.
Conduct Listening Sessions in diverse communities to hear and understand their narratives and then share those stories with the broader community.

45 year history of bringing diverse people together around shared interests.
Deep experience in facilitating dialogue, restorative practices in schools and communities, and resolving complex community conflicts.
Able to work in crisis community conflicts to build a path forward to understand the underlying issues, learn best practices, and suggest proactive steps to build more inclusive and effective communities.
We reach over 25,000 students annually and engage them around being advocates for safe, inclusive school climates, developing their leadership skills.
Our programs are targeted for ALL students, not just the "best and brightest". Understanding the importance of uplifting ALL students.

The number of students, teachers, administrators and parents engaged in BRIDGES school programs annually.
The number of cities and schools paying fees to enable OC Human Relations programs annually.
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In Fiscal Year 2014-15 OC Human Relations:
Engaged 25,017 students, teachers, administrators and parents in BRIDGES safe school climate program with restorative practices;
Documented and responded to 40 hate crimes.
Mediated 2,106 cases with a 66% success rate involving 4,551 people.
Conducted 30 police/community reconciliation cases.
Honored diverse community leaders at AWARDS 44 with 500 attendees.
Graduated 56 low-income, immigrant parents from our 7 week Parent Leadership Institutes.
Led 102 Restorative Justice circles with students, educators and families in school settings.

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