NOLA FOR LIFE is a community wide effort to confront and address some of the factors that lead young men to solve problems in an extreme way. The egregious use of violence has become a default way that many choose to address conflicts that could be handled more peacefully. NOLA FOR LIFE has benefited Crescent Leadership Academy through deliberate attention to restorative justice and cognitive interventions. When we have violence, or threats of violence on our campus, we seek to create empathy where none might not yet exist. We seek to create a human connection between both sides of the conflict, and we work to frame problems through a lens that creates multiple possible ways to handle problems, without a gun. Through the NOLA FOR LIFE community I have developed a resource network of qualified and capable people that continuously work toward this end.