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.