Shumar Dornners

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Shumar Dornners
Violence Interrupter (Citywide)

sdornners@youthalive.org |  (510) 435-9109

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Shumar Dornners comes from West Oakland. He brings to his work a strong connection to his native city. He has lost friends and family to the violence in Oakland. Now he is Youth ALIVE!’s city-wide Violence Interrupter. He goes where he is most needed, working with our violence interruption team to mediate sometimes very tense and urgent situations where there is the potential for violence. The goal is to resolve conflicts before the guns come out. Shumar knows that successful violence interruption starts with building relationships and trust. He loves the new connections he makes through his work with Oakland’s young people. But he says when you are asking them to change their lives and their ways, it is crucial to have something to offer in return, something positive to help guide them away from danger and toward a safer life. He says his reward comes not just in keeping the peace, but in showing young Oaklanders how to navigate to a wider, safer world many of them have never known.