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“I have attended many day-long retreats in my experience as a clergy person and director of a non-profit. However, I have never attended a retreat that felt as though we accomplished all we needed to while ALSO taking good care of ourselves physically, emotionally and spiritually. Kendra is an amazing convener and practitioner of restorative justice. She is able to guide folks into the hard spots of discord – and welcome them to look deeply at the difficulty – while being gentle with self and one another. This is a precious gift – and I so appreciate the ways Kendra uses her gifts to facilitate retreats and gatherings to acknowledge where we are and smooth out the path forward.” – SC
Kendra M. Hoyt is an independent facilitator and trainer providing services to nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and to community with a focus on issues of social justice and leadership development, cultural responsiveness, communication skills, implementing a restorative justice approach in schools and out of school time programs, strategic planning, life skills and coaching. She dedicates herself to enhancing the power of organizations to better meet the needs of adults, youth and communities of all racial heritages, gender identities and economic backgrounds. Kendra believes deeply in the capacity of young people to be change agents in their community.
Kendra has worked for over 20 years with youth, families and communities in Massachusetts, USA. Kendra possesses a strong spirit of social justice and community organizing. She has challenged injustices in a variety of ways throughout her life, including petitions against Apartheid in junior high school, leading an 800-student walkout in high school in support of teacher’s rights in the city of Boston, and working for Mass Choice to secure a women’s right to choose. She attended the rally in New York City on February 15th, 2003 in protest of the War in Iraq; her account of this historic event, alongside her mother’s, appeared in the February 19th Living section of the Boston Globe. She then assisted in the coordination and implementation of the citywide Anti-War Activism Conference for Youth at Harvard University on April 12th, 2003 and marched with the Peace Pagoda Buddhists from Cambridge to the State House in protest of the war.
In 2006 Kendra spent a 10-month respite in Belize, Central America during which time she chose to teach part time at Sacred Heart Junior College in San Ignacio, Cayo District. Upon her return she worked with Boston Public Schools providing program management for the Out of Harm’s Way Initiative focused on addressing the root causes of violence and the results of trauma impacting adolescent youth in middle schools.
Kendra is a 2005 Fellow with the Children’s Defense Fund Emerging Leaders Program out of Washington DC. In 2006, the City of Boston awarded her with a citation for 15 years of service to Boston’s youth and families. In that same year the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women awarded Kendra with the Unsung Heroine Recognition.
Kendra holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art Therapy and Counseling Psychology from Emmanuel College and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University.
In 2010 she launched JUST Circles, an independent consulting business dedicated to building communities of respect through authentic open dialogue and the use of Circles. She continues to do this work both in person and virtually through webinar trainings. She is also currently teaching at Galen University in the Criminal Justice Department while serving as the Therapeutic Life Coach on campus.
Kendra is a single mom, artist, writer and educator currently living in San Ignacio, Belize, Central America where she is raising her two children Makayla and Christian. Kendra is expected to publish her first book in the coming year, it is set to be an autobiographical account of her life – A Human Experience.