The Youth Restoration Project helps organizations, schools and communities resolve problems and achieve goals.
We do this by teaching Restorative Practices, simple techniques that 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 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.
In-depth training for the Certificate of Initial Mastery in Restorative Justice Practices or the Basic Restorative Tools Certificate.
How to implement restorative practices in your community.
Our consultants will guide your team through an Implementation Design Process resulting in a plan tailored to your organization and circumstances, 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.
Developing accountability systems versus managing behavior
Restorative training is a necessary, but insufficient condition for re-working an organization’s protocols and rules to support a restorative culture. Punishment is baked so deeply into most organizations, even families, that it is used as a first, not last resort.
A well-thought-out menu of pro-active and repair strategies is far more effective at changing behavior. Yes, it takes time to develop an Implementation Plan, but our planning process raises the questions necessary to creating restorative accountability system.
YRP’s Social Skills Restoration protocol may not be the only way to achieve a social-skills teaching system, but it considers all the features of school accountability.
For the Workplace
Are you experiencing low morale, a problem worker, dysfunctional systems or the need to heal an internal rift? These problems need organizational restoration, not retribution.
The Restorative Workplace, a division of the Youth Restoration Project, will work with your team to develop confidential solutions that foster resilience against future conflicts.
Customized for businesses and organizations, the workplace program uses restorative practices to pro-actively equip your group to manage misbehavior and interpersonal tension before conflict lands in the boss’s office or in the Human Resources office.
Fresh eyes can provide a report on your community’s readiness for RJP implementation. We can station neutral observers in your building to consider the obstacles and challenges likely to arise in your environment. They’ll check out your facilities, have random hallway conversations with staff and students, meet with focus groups and stakeholders. You determine the time and depth of the assessment and develop your own set of questions it should address. The final report provides data and guidance 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 people 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 onto your staff.
- Systems, both new or old, may fail to work as expected, for reasons that need to be examined so adjustments can be made.
- The Implementation Plan may have been a good start, but bolder next steps are needed to maintain momentum.
- Poor communication may be inhibiting the ability of Restorative Practices to thrive and spread through the community.
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.