Community participation is the cornerstone of Restorative Justice.
Contact us today to give your community a hand. Call (612)746-0780 to get connected with us!
Ways you can get involved:
• Observe: a conference
• Attend: a community conference with your neighbors to address incidents in your area
• Facilitate: get training to guide community conferences
• Lead: apply for a board or committee position
• Interpret: translators are sometimes needed for community conferences
• Identify service projects in your area so offenders can fill community needs
Conference Participants: Community members affected by crime participate as victims, educating referred offenders on the impact of their behavior and helping decide how they can give back to the neighborhood that was harmed by their actions.
There is no training required for community members or referred offenders, only an orientation to our program. Adult offenders take part in a one-time, short orientation; youth have an intake/orientation conference. Community conferences typically last up to two hours, and participants can decide how often they would like to participate.
Community Advocates: Build the restorative justice movement! Community Advocates educate and engage those around them to get involved in the justice process. Spread the word by distributing information, promoting restorative justice in the media and talking to your representatives about the benefits of restorative approaches to crime.
Conference Facilitators: One to two trained facilitators guide each community conference, ensuring fairness in the process. Volunteers receive training in facilitating restorative group conferences using nationally recognized curriculum.
Board of Directors: As a Board member, you can play a significant role in the leadership process and help support our mission.
Offender Advocate: Support an offender throughout the conference process.
Service Coordinator: Identify and coordinate community service projects for offenders.
Interpreter: Translation of material and conferences to non-English speaking offenders.
Office Helper: Assist staff with office work and special events.
Outreach: Share a community perspective at neighborhood gatherings and meetings. Help identify new outreach opportunities. Spread the word!