Benita Page has a MS and BA in Education and thirty-five years of professional experience developing and implementing youth development programs. As an administrator, she has managed juvenile justice programs, youth mentoring interventions, mental health programming, and school-based educational services.
Much of her experience has involved working with higher-risk populations. Since 2008, Ms. Page has served as the Program Director at the Tariq Khamisa Foundation. She has been instrumental in the development of TKF’s Safe School Model which is a continuum of proven effective interventions built on restorative principles. TKF’s model and its programming supports schools as they reform disciplinary practices to more humanly address student behaviors and misconduct. All TKF interventions provide the vision, skills, and support needed to help youth develop healthy social-emotional behaviors and relationships.
Ms. Page is a knowledgeable and enthusiastic public speaker experienced in teaching restorative practice concepts. She is skilled in presenting complicated restorative concepts and breaking them down into basic lessons that teach and build a restorative mindset for both children and adults. Her presentations are participant involved and often engage everyone through narrative and hands-on activities. She speaks from the heart and often shares her personal experiences in addressing challenges and trauma. She utilizes her skills and knowledge to serve as trainer of trainers on this topic.
Ms. Page has developed restorative programming, curriculum, and training modules for students, parents, and educators with a goal of safer schools and communities. Her work fosters healthy social-emotional learning through teaching life skills concepts that promote accountability, compassion, mindfulness, resiliency, forgiveness, and peacemaking. She often motives others to find their voice and lead. She’s an active collaborator with schools, community organizations, and law enforcement. She frequently partners with university faculty to evaluate TKF’s efficacy in transforming at-risk youth through restorative programming.