The .RJ (pronounced dot RJ) -Diversion Opportunity for Transformation Program provides "front & early" intervention that originates after law enforcement contact and before the formal juvenile justice process. The .RJ Program will strive to intervene and/or prevent gang violence and substance abuse by providing positive alternatives and restorative elements, approaches, techniques, and choices to youth.
The .RJ Program dialogue circles allow youth to engage in authentic dialogue on issues of responsibility and accountability; showing and receiving respect, empathy, and compassion; offering apologies and making amends; emotional self-management and effective methods of communication. Circle practices encourage a sense of group bonding and belonging that helps youth stay connected while clarifying values, learning skills for building and maintaining positive relationships, managing conflict, and repairing harm when it occurs.
Referral to the .RJ Program is appropriate for youth at all risk levels who take (or can learn to take) responsibility for their actions and are willing (or can become willing) to learn, and do, what they can to be accountable and make meaningful amends or make things as right as possible with those impacted. Appropriate referrals are for youth between the ages of 12-18 with consideration for 18-24 year olds, whose actions have caused harm. Our goal is to provide life changing tools to address the dilemmas and challenges that hinder youth from reaching their inherent and full potential and meet our community's desire for restorative justice approaches to street outreach, prevention, intervention, and mediation. Restorative Resources will work to improve outcomes for referred youth by diverting them away from future crime with this multi-tiered program. For more information about this transformative program, email Veronica@RestorativeResources.org.
Restorative Resources P.O. Box 3246, Santa Rosa, CA 95402