Eva Marszewski

Ashoka Fellow
Toronto, ON, Canada
Fellow Since 2010


This profile was prepared when Eva Marszewski was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2010.
The New Idea
Eva is shifting the decision-making power in the youth justice system away from the courts and into the hands of schools, community centers, and communities. She is engaging ordinary individuals to help others heal and change their behavior through Peacebuilding Circles, collective decision-making, conflict resolution, and other peacebuilding tools. Eva has developed tools that handle multi-party conflict, providing youth in the criminal justice system, and in other difficult situations, options and opportunities to fulfill their personal needs and offers them support from friends, colleagues, and neighbors. Eva is partnering with elementary schools, high schools, universities, COs, police centers, and the Canadian court system to teach the value of peace and conflict resolution, giving community members and organizations greater decision-making power in determining the course of action needed for youth in conflict.

Eva is helping communities develop conflict resolution competencies to give them the ability to handle and take ownership of their conflicts without immediately resorting to police or court interventions for troubled youth. Conflict resolution competency in effect de-escalates conflict situations as Eva’s methodology has the capacity to stabilize neighborhoods and communities to come up with creative and innovative local solutions to deal with diverse issues at the root of the conflict. Eva believes that sustainable personal change comes from within and is not brought about by coercion or shaming. Her approach reaches youth at a deeper level and motivates them to want to re-examine their values and principles, and align themselves to appropriate values by discarding behaviors that do not match up.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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