Julia Steiny: Director, Founder, and Program Designer

Julia founded the Youth Restoration Project (YRP) in 2008, adopting the principles of the worldwide movement for Restorative Justice.  YRP’s goal is to improve the treatment of Rhode Island’s youngest and most vulnerable citizens. Julia is trained in mediation, family group conferencing and Restorative Practices — see here for her certifications. She attends at least two conferences a year and has presented at several.  Prior to her work in Restoration, Julia served on the Providence School Board, and for 16 years wrote the education column for The Providence Journal.  Currently, she writes a similar column, often focused on Restoration, for EducationNews.org (read her articles on her website or curated here.) She invented the concept of “data stories” for The Providence Plan and consults with them on developing these analytic presentations for their RIDataHUB. She currently  serves as Vice President of the Mental Health Association of Rhode Island and on the boards of Family Service of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island College Feinstein School of Education.  Julia graduated from the California Institute of the Arts and holds an M.A. from Stanford University.


Colleagues and Collaborators:

Victor E. Ramos (FSRI) — Restorative Practices Trainer and Restorative Justice Facilitator

Victor is a passionate youth-development and community-engagement specialist.  He has over 10 years of experience cultivating relationships and resolving conflict among youth, parents, businesses, and law enforcement agencies.  Since Fall of 2015 he’s successfully maintained a caseload of student and family group conferences, working directly with Family Services of Rhode Island under a National Institute of Justice grant awarded to Central Falls Schools for the Conferencing program, designed and executed by YRP.  He studied restorative practices/justice under YRP and is now a certified trainer himself.  He is bilingual in Spanish and English and trains in modalities including instructive games, formal presentations and coaching.  Most recently he’s started to create video and online training materials.  He’s received awards from Governor Gina Raimondo for contributions to the Latino community as well as two Arts Fellowships from RI’s State Council on the Arts.

Kate Weymouth (Barrington City Counselor) — political consultant