Big Thanks to All Our Volunteers!
We want to take this moment to honor and celebrate all of the volunteers who make this process possible. They stand up and represent the community at every conference and they step forward as role models for the dozens of participants who come through our programs. It's their story and selfless commitment to restorative justice that we celebrate in this video:
Join Our Volunteer Community
At the very core of restorative justice is the idea that we must bring people together again after the bonds have been severed. It's a reunion of community and a way to rebuild what has been broken or damaged.
As a result, we are only as strong as the volunteers who step up and lend a hand. Every week, a growing network of trained volunteer community members participate in Community Restorative Councils that conduct restorative justice conferences with juveniles and young adults referred by probation, schools and the courts.
How the Program Works
Since May 2012, Restorative Resources has recruited, trained and launched 9 Councils utilizing 45 Volunteers. A Community Restorative Council is a group of 4 to 6 community volunteers trained in the principles and practices of restorative justice. The group commits to serve for at least one full year. Volunteers are mentored by Restorative Resources staff in the practices of restorative justice. After 8 months, the volunteers run the Council. Volunteers are offered ongoing educational and enrichment opportunities and are encouraged, with the support of Restorative Resources, to initiate and mentor new Councils.
Learn skills for building a restorative culture
Restorative Training focuses on learning and developing the core skills of restorative principles and practices, emphasizing circle keeping and its application in many settings which include restorative justice, education and community. We promise there will be no PowerPoint presentations. Our training events are highly experiential. You can look forward to learning by doing, as you are immersed in a direct and intimate experience of what it is like to be in circles. We will guide you through a process of discovering the power of circles. You will learn how to conduct circles effectively in a variety of settings. When you complete our training, you will be an integral part of a growing network of persons trained in restorative principles.
The Intro to Restorative Justice class is your opportunity to take part in hands-on training and explore the core practices and principles of restorative justice. Discover the power and promise of the restorative justice process to heal the harms of crime and to transform community. Offenders learn about the true human impact of a given crime on victims and community, and all parties work together to come up with community solutions for how the young offender can make amends and get their life back on the right track.
An intensive training on how to prepare for, facilitate, and follow up after restorative conferences in response to victimizing crime and incidents. The training examines the needs of victims, offenders, and the community. A range of restorative dialogue responses is considered, with discussion of how to choose one that is appropriate for the situation. The training is highly experiential, encouraging participants to practice facilitation by working with each other on their own experiences of victimization and/or witnessing harmful events.
"Learning about this process and understanding what it means to the people who go through it has been an amazing experience. If people knew about this they would love to get involved. Restorative Justice is a great way to bring the community together for young people, one kid at a time." - Volunteer
"I enjoy being part of a group of people that genuinely cares about our youth and the community. There's a professionalism and an attitude that is realistic about the kids and holds them accountable, and that is driven by hope and really believing the kids." - Volunteer
"This work is very fulfilling on a personal level. It's not just busy work; it's been a way to make an authentic contribution, where I can see actual results."
"For me the most inspiring thing is those magic moments in the restorative circle where you see that people break through and understand each other...when the young person gets how what they did hurt other people, and the people they hurt can see this breakthrough also. That's when the healing begins." - Volunteer