The Youth Restoration Project helps organizations, schools and communities resolve problems and achieve goals. We do this by teaching restorative practices that focus on simple techniques to address conflict and harmful behavior, avoiding endless cycles of anger and retribution.
Restorative Practices are contagious. Once a small critical mass of people are routinely using these techniques, their colleagues, friends and families also become empowered, learning to advocate for themselves more responsibly, trusting that their viewpoints count in the community.
for the Certificate of Initial Mastery or the Basic Restorative Tools Certificate.
for the Basic Restorative Tools Certificate, with sessions arranged at your school or organization.
for those who’ve completed Certificate training and want to hone their skills, hear about others’ experiences, or begin the process of becoming trainers themselves.
Design Process for RJP Implementation
Our consultants will guide an Implementation Team through a series of decision clusters to design a custom plan with short and long-term Actionable goals.
We work with groups:
· Who are just getting started with Restorative Practices.
· Who are underway, but want to expand, hone or re-ignite their efforts.
Fresh eyes provide a report about your readiness.
We’ll can station one of our neutral observers in your building(s) to consider any obstacles to RJP implementation. They can check out the facilities, have random hallway conversations with students, staff or employees, meet with focus groups and individual stakeholders. You determine how much time and how deep this assessment should be. Develop your own set of questions. The final report adds data for the Implementation Team.
Consulting, Once Underway
We observe, discuss and give feedback as your initiative develops. Bumps in the road will inevitably appear, because, for example:
· Some will have unrealistic expectations of immediate results.
· Fidelity to the Restorative model can weaken as people slide back into old habits or new people come on.
· Systems, new or old, fail to work as expected, for reasons that need to be examined and adjusted.
· The Implementation Plan was a good start, but needs the next, bolder step.
· Poor communication is inhibiting the ability of Restoration to thrive.
A powerful tool with a great variety of uses.
Conferencing is a restorative protocol used internationally to deal with serious criminal offences by getting to the root of the problem and repairing the harm done to victims and the community. It can also help organizations and communities discern their core values, handle conflicts and forward initiatives efficiently and inclusively.
Our Conference Facilitators work with all parties involved to explore the context of the problem and decide who should be at the table. They arrange a conference meeting to work toward agreements acceptable to all, and follow up to ensure agreements are met.
Conferencing is useful in families, schools, social work and child protective services, as well as juvenile and adult justice systems. And using these techniques can help foster change and improve the cultural climate in any organization.