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ABOUT YRP

The Youth Restoration Project builds relationships and community, one productive interaction at a time.

YRP is a Rhode-Island based consulting group working with schools, social-service agencies, state and local authorities and neighborhood organizations to teach and implement restorative practices. Our goal is to build a stronger social infrastructure to support young people. To that end, we believe all members of the community need to be engaged in a continuous process of setting group norms, defining common goals and resolving conflicts.

YRP got its start redesigning school disciplinary systems to a restorative model from one of punishment, coercion, and “zero tolerance”. Restorative practices foster an attitude of cooperation rather than combat and allow all members of the community to feel they can be heard while holding each other accountable for creating a safe and respectful social environment. To build this kind of self-managing community, YRP engages social service providers, public agencies, and the juvenile justice system in addition to schools and families.

The Youth Restoration Project can help improve interpersonal relationships in families, schools, agencies, businesses, and neighborhoods, building the social resources needed for any group to define its problems and resolve its conflicts constructively.

1. Discovery

YRP Leaders meet with the party interested in adapting a restorative approach to develop a relationship and assess the impact the approach will have on their environment.

2. Training

YRP holds a series of training sessions, to give an introductory overview with as many staff as possible -- security officers, teachers, counselors, administrators, support staff, after-school program staff, etc. of the restorative mindset, its history, techniques, successes and how to overcome potential challenges, should they arise.

3. Plan

YRP works closely with key staff members to design an implementation strategy which ideally prepares the school to implement a proactive, community-building process school-wide.

4. Implement

YRP assists, through its in-place Implementation Facilitators, in practicing restorative conversation techniques throughout the school environment to change its culture. Subsequent status sessions are done entirely through circle interaction, to demonstrate the use of Restorative Practices while adjusting to further improve implementation.

 Restorative Cases

Cases also reflect the number of Conferences had that reached restorative action.

 Circles

All used to build the restorative culture throughout the schools where YRP/NIJ programs are implemented.

 Mediations

Times where conflict resolution was reached at the lowest level deflecting from Conferences or more harsh punitive measures.

 Miles Traveled

Not that we always go to every corner of the earth, but we definitely enjoy some “Car-aoke” going from school to school.

A LETTER FROM OUR FOUNDER

Julia Steiny

A personal letter on Restorative Practices and Community Impact from our Founder, Julia Steiny.

RESTORATIVE PRACTICES AT WORK

Scholastic Partners

YRP, through an NIJ Grant, is currently working and implementing Restorative Practices to improve and create a community culture throughout these school environments.

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