2019 Symposium on Restorative Justice Practices

Our apologies, but the Symposium is now sold out.  If you would like to be on a waiting list if seats become available, please email us:  info@YRPofRI.org.

Thanks for your interest!  And please consider registering for our Summer Certificate Training program, where you can learn about Restorative Justice Practices in depth.

Our 2019 Guest Speakers

Guest Speaker
Michael Forte,
Chief Judge,
Rhode Island Family Court


Judge Forte was appointed Chief of the Rhode Island Family Court in 2016 by Governor Gina Raimondo. As Chief, Judge Forte initiated several programs designed to transform Family Court into a treatment-focused, rehabilitative court that addresses families as a whole.  This has included establishing a Women’s Service Department, the “Safe and Secure Baby Program” that provide services for at-risk babies who come into the care of the court, and the “APPLA” calendar designed to assess case plans to provide readiness services to help youths coming of age to experience a safe transition out of the child welfare system. Under Chief Judge Forte’s leadership, Family Court and the Department of Children, Youth and Families, have collaborated on implementing the newly enacted legislation which allows children who are aging out of foster care at age 18 to continue to receive care and placement services until age 21.

Guest Speaker
Larome Myrick,
Executive Director of
Juvenile Correctional Services
RI Dept. of Children, Youth and Families


Myrick worked at the Ohio Department of Youth Services as a Juvenile Parole Services Supervisor and Reentry Administrator before coming to RI in May 2018. He received the 2015 Leadership Award from the African American Legacy Project.  Myrick recently became a lifetime member of National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice NABCJ which he first joined in 2002.  He received his B.A. in Healthcare Administration from the University of Toledo and his Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Lourdes University. Currently, he is pursuing his PhD in Criminal Justice from Capella University.

Guest Speaker
Peter McWalters,
Chair of the Big Picture Board of Directors
and Consultant to Education Reimagined


Peter McWalters is the former Commissioner of K-12 Education of the State of Rhode Island, where he served for over 17 years. Prior to that, from 1985 to 1992 he was the Superintendent of the Rochester City School District in NY. A life long educator, he began as an English as a Second Language teacher, served as a middle school social studies teacher in an alternative, advisory based, individualized program, and went on to be a magnet school planner before becoming a Superintendent.  He has served on the Board of the National Center for Education and the Economy, on the Board and as past President of the Council of Chief State School Officers, on the Advisory Board of Education Reimagined, and currently is serving on the Board of the National Center. As an advocate for learner centered education, his focus as Superintendent and Commissioner has been of finding the nexus between expectations, standards, assessments, instructional effectiveness, individual student competency and system accountability.

Come hear these dynamic speakers, circle up for thought provoking conversation, and leave with real solutions that could make this right.

Pre-registration – $50
Tickets at the door – $60
YRP-certified practitioners – $40 special rate available on Payment page
Group rates available for 5 or more from the same organization or school:
5 to 9 attendees – $45   10 or more – $40

Email info@yrpofri.org to register your group.  Free to RIC students who pre-register.

A light breakfast and lunch are included.
CEU credit is available for teachers and social workers. Teacher’s CEUs are pending your school district’s approval of YRP as training vendor.  Email us for more information:  info@yrpofri.org