Sidney Morgan was born and raised in Southern California and moved to Portland, OR in April 2000. Sidney began her work with youth, as a Youth Pastor in Southern California and has been working with youth for over 20 years. Sidney has been working in Restorative Justice work for 14 years.
She first began her Restorative Justice journey in Juvenile Justice with Multnomah County Juvenile Justice Department in Portland, Oregon. In her time with Multnomah County, she worked in several positions that involved Restorative Justice work. At the same time, she became certified in Conflict Mediation and has facilitated on-going mediations with families, neighborhood and corporation mediations.
Sidney has always found ways to incorporate relationship building with the youth she worked with, and through that developed a garden program that is still “growing strong,” in the Multnomah County Juvenile Department. The Hands of Wonder garden program gives youth basic job-skills that teach them how to grow, care for and sell organic produce.
Sidney also worked as the District Restorative Justice Coordinator for Portland Public Schools. Sidney trains; coaches and supports school staff throughout the district building in Restorative Justice Practices, as part of their school climate work. Portland Public School district is the largest district in the state of Oregon and has taken a stand as a district to support Racial Equity, PBIS (Positive behavior, Intervention, and Supports) and Restorative Justice practices.
Sidney currently works consulting with School districts with regards to Racial Equity, CR- (Culturally Responsive) PBIS and Restorative Justice Practices. Sidney works with school building leadership to examine the "why", behind disproportionate discipline as well as how to build a truly inclusive school community for staff, students, and families.