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PCRC History

PCRC is honored to serve San Mateo County since 1986. PCRC started from a group of community members wishing to make a difference through mediation. With your support, guidance and partnership, PCRC continues to empower people, facilitate conversation, build skills, and encourage participation in the communities we serves. With pride and gratitude, we share PCRC’s history, which would not have been possible without our present and former staff, dedicated volunteers and you!


The first community mediation program in San Mateo County is established. The Redwood City Neighborhood Boards Program serves Redwood City and North Fair Oaks.


The Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center is founded with the vision of offering mediation services to the communities of San Mateo County. The founders borrow heavily from the Community Boards program getting under way in San Francisco, based on the idea that neighbors could help neighbors resolve issues together.


PCRC develops the Conflict Resolution in the Schools Program (CRISP) as the first conflict prevention program aimed at helping young people develop skills to handle conflict effectively by “talking it out.”

The City of Redwood City is the first public entity to partner with PCRC to provide facilitation services in city-hosted public participation forums.

April 02, 2002, Lauren Puryear, with students at PCRC’s Peer Mediation Conference.


PCRC launches the Civic Engagement Initiative. The goal is to increase residents’ active involvement in issues that affect their lives through public dialogue on topics of race relations, housing, transportation, and public decision-making.


Kids Learning Empathy and Respect (KLEAR) launches through a partnership with San Mateo County Courts and San Mateo Union High School District. KLEAR teaches respectful verbal behavior in seven schools as an alternative to suspension. The Parent/Teen Mediation Program is established.

2001 Staff and PCRC volunteer come together at a service day in partnership with Rebuilding Together.


A school-based Violence Prevention Program is created with Menlo Atherton High School focused on helping high-risk youth develop leadership skills.


The MANA project is established to increase Pacific Islander youth graduation rates at San Mateo High School.


The Violence Prevention Network is launched with 80 private and public partnering agencies.


South San Francisco Coalition for Safe Neighborhoods is launched. The Strengthening Neighborhoods Program is replicated in partnership with City of SSF public officials, law enforcement and community-based organizations.


PCRC launches a Strategic Planning process to realign all services under three areas of focus: Empowering Youth, Strengthening Families, and Engaging Communities. These three focus areas are driven by the organizations expertise in training, facilitation, and mediation.

2011 Photo of PCRC staff.
2011 Honoring PCRC’s past Executives Patricia Brown and Jennifer Bullock at the PCRC’s Building Empathy and Respect Benefit Dinner


PCRC coordinates and facilitates the first San Mateo County gang mediation. The Victim-Juvenile Offender Mediation Program (VOMP) is established at PCRC. Based on the principles of restorative justice, the program’s goal is to redirect first-time juvenile offenders. Participants make restitution to victims and are then motivated to refrain from further involvement in the justice system.


A Community Developer is housed at Taft School’s Healthy Start Program in Redwood City.

In partnership with the Service League, PCRC volunteers begin teaching communication skills and anger management in jails.

June 25, 2003, Long time PCRC volunteer Anne Bernstein with her daughter.


Through a contract with the San Mateo County Department of Child Support Services, PCRC expands its family mediation services to include the mediation of visitation issues.


The Tongan Interfaith Collaborative is established with local police, Tongan churches, and families to steer Tongan youth into positive activities, resulting in a decrease in gang crime.


The Strengthening Neighborhoods Program is launched, using a collaborative approach with residents, apartment landlords and the San Mateo police, to fight violence and gang activity in the 700 block of North Amphlett Boulevard. The neighborhood undergoes a dramatic transformation in which gang behavior is not tolerated and safety and trust are restored.

The Parent Involvement and Leadership Program (PILF) is created to meet the needs of a growing immigrant population in Redwood City and to help parents support their children’s academic success.

2004, Youth Leadership Conference at Ralston Hall at Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont, where over 200 youth come together to celebrate their leadership.


Through a grant with Juvenile Probation, PCRC launches the Emerging Leaders Program at three San Mateo County High Schools and within the Youth Services Center to teach youth and their families tools for managing conflict.

PCRC’s evolution is what makes us uniquely successful. Our focus to empower youth, strengthen families, and engage communities thrives because of our rich history. Join our mailing list to stay current with our continued growth and donate to help our vision for a strong, resilient, and thriving community become a reality.

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