Drs. Ivy and Saleem Hylton

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MAAT Training Institute for Restorative Justice


Youth and Families in Crisis, LLC, has been deeply engaged in Restorative Justice Practices since 2000, and as a result of many requests and the Regional need for a professional development Restorative Justice training facility in the DMV, our work has evolved into the establishment of the MAAT Training Institute for Restorative Justice. We offer training and technical assistance services to School Districts (Public and Private), Juvenile and Criminal Justice Agencies, Police Departments, Community Development Corporations, Churches, Families and Social Justice Institutions.

MAAT Training Institute specializes in certification training programs in Balanced and Restorative Justice, Circle Facilitation, and Community Building Practices. We offer On-line Master Classes with RJ Pioneers and National Experts, Monthly Seminars, and Video Coaching Services.

We are dedicated to ensuring the fidelity of the original model of Balanced and Restorative Justice, and the intent of the Balanced Approach to practice in education, juvenile justice, criminal justice, and community justice. (Accountability-Community Safety-Competency Development) (The harmed/Victim, the Harmer/Offender/Community).

The MAAT Model approach to Restorative Justice Practices is dedicated to meeting the authentic needs of our children, youth and adults in the Urban areas of America, and around the world. (Connectedness, Inclusivity, Cultural-Awareness, Authenticity) The Restorative Justice and Mindfulness curriculum follows the primary philosophical principles of RJ and the forty-two precepts of MAAT, the philosophy of Righteous Action and Wisdom decision making. The 42 Precepts of MAAT Philosophy is divided into seven steps of MAAT. The definition of MAAT, an ancient Egyptian concept, is Truth, Balance, Order, Harmony, Law, Morality and Transformation.

Creating a More Empowered System of Change and Transformation Together

Youth and Families in Crisis, LLC was founded to foster and empower authentic relationship building, dedicated to creating real collective change in communities, organizations and the personal lives of those who serve. Our high-quality team works synergistically, with a powerful sense of cultural passion and commitment to serve all of humanity with meaningful, realistic and visible transformative results.

Youth and Families in Crisis, LLC provides training and professional development in a myriad of areas. Topics include:

  • Balanced and Restorative Justice Practices in Schools, Juvenile Justice Agencies, Criminal Justice Re-entry Programs, and Community Safety Restoration Initiatives.
  • Youth Diversion Programs
  • Human Capital Performance Empowerment
  • Victim Centered Restorative Justice Practices
  • Violence Reduction Restorative Strategies
  • Residential Placement Community Re-entry Strategies
  • Domestic Violence
  • Program Design
  • Trauma Informed Practices
  • Harm Reduction and Wellness
  • Substance Abuse Prevention and Rehabilitation
  • Strategic Communication
  • Evaluation and Program Planning Logic Models
  • Human Engineering Team Building
  • African Centered Social Work Integration Strategies
  • Spirituality in Social Work Practice
  • Effective Case/Life Management Models
  • Professional Development Master Classes
  • Board Development Retreats

Dr. K. Ivy Hylton, LICSW, NCRJT, Ph. D, National Restorative Justice Trainer

Dr. Hylton is co-founder and CEO/President of Youth and Families in Crisis, LLC –MAAT Training Institute for Restorative Justice, located in Washington DC and Prince Georges County Maryland. Youth and Families in Crisis, LLC is a family based consulting firm, offering innovative concepts in Family Strengthening, Youth Diversion, Re-entry, Community Restorative Justice Programs and Personal Transformation. Dr. Hylton is a National Certified Restorative Justice Trainer, qualified by the completion of the Balanced and Restorative Justice Trainers Course Curriculum (2000) Sponsored by the Restorative Justice Academy, Community Justice Institute at Florida Atlantic University, through a juvenile accountability incentive Block Grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and delinquency prevention, with assistance from the National Institute of Corrections Academy Division.

YFIC currently serves as contractor for the Balanced and Restorative Justice Practices Institute for Juvenile Justice Reform in the District of Columbia for the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, Superior Court Family Court Social Services Division, the District of Columbia Public School System (DCPS), and Fort Myers Police Department, in Fort Myers Florida. Youth and Families in Crisis LLC is a lead contractor for Restorative DC/School Talk, Inc., providing training, technical support consulting services, and restorative coaching to teachers and youth in the DC Public School system, funded by OSSE.

Ivy is an ordained minister and spiritual leader dedicated to serving as a vessel for releasing the burdens that God never intended us bear. Her passion is dedicated to Mind ~Body ~Spirit connections, and encouraging compassionate mindfulness all over the world. She is the author of three books: Journey into Inner Peace-Relaxation and Meditation Healing Rituals, Sound Vibronics TM-Sonic Stress Reduction System and Reversing Symptom-ontology of Post Slavery Trauma; producer and artist of 6 CD’s, all dedicated to meditation, inner peace, emotional balance, rest and relaxation.

Dr. N. Saleem Hylton, M.Msc., Ph.D., National Restorative Justice Trainer 

N. Saleem Hylton is one of America’s leading youth development experts, with over forty-five years of experience working in urban cities as a Restorative Justice trainer, human development specialist, program developer, community organizer, and motivational speaker. Dr. Hylton has served as an administrator for many programs that have positively impacted the lives of thousands of young people in the eastern region of the United States as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands. In 1995 Saleem’s accomplishments guided him to the position as Chief of Alternative Detention for the Department of Youth Services Administration, now referred to as DYRS, which is the juvenile justice agency for the government of the District of Columbia, where he created and managed the Community Transition Project (CTP). In 2004 he left the agency to partner with his wife Ivy to start their own consulting firm, Youth & Families in Crisis, LLC and currently serves as President Emeritus.

Dr. Hylton has received Restorative Justice training and certifications from three institutions. In 2000, he was trained by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) in Longmont Colorado in Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ). The following year he was certified to become a BARJ trainer by the Criminal Justice Institute at Florida Atlantic University. In addition, he also received a graduate certificate from the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) in Bethlehem, PA. Since that time, he has become a leading internationally recognized Restorative/Community Justice trainer and practitioner. His other formal education includes Associate and Bachelor Degrees in education and psychology from the American University in Washington DC, as well as Bachelor and Master Degrees in Metaphysical Science from the University of Metaphysics in Sedona Arizona. In September 2016 Saleem received an Honorary

Doctoral Degree in Philosophy from Global Oved DEI Seminary and University.


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