PCRC Timeline

PCRC has been honored to serve San Mateo County, since 1986. With pride and gratitude, we share our history, which would not have been possible without our present and former staff, partners, donors, dedicated volunteers and supportive community.



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 on the vision of offering mediation services to all communities of San Mateo County. The founders borrow heavily from the Community Boards program in San Francisco, based on the idea that neighbors can 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.



PCRC coordinates and facilitates the first San Mateo County gang mediation and the Victim-Juvenile Offender Mediation Program (VOMP) is established. 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





PCRC partners with the San Mateo County Superior Court Multi-Option ADR Program and the Bar Association to set protocols for a court-referred mediation program.

In partnership with the Service League, PCRC volunteers begin teaching communication skills and anger management at the county jail.




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 created to help teens and parents resolve communication issues.




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 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.

A Youth Leadership Conference is held at Notre Dame de Namur University, in Belmont, where over 200 youth come together to celebrate their leadership.




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.




A school-based Violence Prevention Program is created with Menlo Atherton High School focused on helping at-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 the City of South San Francisco 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. The three focus areas are driven by the organization’s expertise the core services of training, facilitation, and mediation.




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 support our vision for a strong, resilient and thriving community.




PCRC launches first ever International Violence Prevention conference with over 500 in attendance.




In partnership with the SVCF, San Mateo County, and other partners, PCRC publishes the first ever disaggregated Pacific Islander Needs Assessment for San Mateo County.



Strengthening Communities Project (SCP) is launched as a result of a divisive election process, where hundreds are involved in capacity building, dialogues, and civic engagement. SCP culminates with an ACTION Summit in 2018 with over 400 participants. In 2017, the Pacific Islander Community Health Ambassadors program is created in response to needs assessment findings.