Aloha, and Welcome !

We are the Teran James Young Foundation (TJYF) a 501(c)3 nonprofit established here on Maui in 2020. Our mission is to create greater peace in our schools, our community, and our world at large, transforming our planet into an environment where everyone feels safe, respected, and understood.

The programs of the Teran James Young Foundation work in tandem to bring about this world, helping Maui’s youth to thrive and develop into effective and compassionate leaders through NVCnextgen and Hale Pono, aiding our community in peaceful conflict resolution with Maluhia Mediation, and endeavoring to move away from our current punitive justice system toward a more compassionate, integrative one, through our Restorative Justice Center.

To learn more about each of our programs, please visit their respective websites using the links provided below.

If you would like to help TJYF in our mission for greater peace, please contact us today!


NVCnextgen provides Nonviolent Communication (NVC) programs that promote connection, teach collaboration and conflict resolution skills, and bringing awareness to shared universal needs. NVCnextgen works with Maui’s youth and those who guide them in our schools and our community, and offers NVC practice groups for adults across the world through Zoom, ensuring that people of all ages and backgrounds have the opportunity to learn these valuable relational skills.

To learn more about NVCnextgen and Nonviolent Communication, please visit us at

Hale Pono Youth Shelter

The Hale Pono Shelter in Wailuku is Maui’s newest short-term youth shelter. Hale Pono serves as a sanctuary for teens between the ages of 12 and 18 years old, providing them not only with meals and safe place to stay, but also with training in NVC and conflict-resolution skills, access to in-house mediation and restorative justice services, and referrals for any community resources that they might need.

To learn more about our Hale Pono Shelter, please visit

Maluhia Mediation

Maluhia Mediation offers a unique approach to resolving conflict-seeing it as an opportunity to connect and form/deepen relationships. Our mediators employ a safe, effective mediation process that can be applied to any conflict, aiding participants in collaboratively coming to a solution that meets everyone’s needs.

To learn more about Maluhia Mediation, please visit us at

Restorative Justice Center

Restorative Justice is a justice system that brings together victims, offenders, and all others who were affected by an offender’s actions, to work through the consequences of a harmful event and come to an agreement on how best to repair the harm. Rather than solely focusing on punishing offenders, as our current punitive justice system does, Restorative Justice focuses on having offenders hold themselves accountable, and on repairing any relationships that may have been damaged by their actions, on the individual, family, and community level.

Our Restorative Justice Center offers Restorative Justice services to the people of Maui, and is ever hard at work creating and promoting Restorative legislation in an effort to bring a Restorative justice system to all of Hawaii.

We currently have a pair of Restorative Justice bills up for review! If passed, these bills would mandate that everyone in Hawaii is given the option to seek restorative justice for crimes committed against them.

Click here to learn more or to support our bills!

To learn more about our Restorative Justice Center, please visit us at

The Teran James Young Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit on Maui, Hawaii, established in 2020.