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Juvenile Restorative Justice

As increased levels of student’s enrollment, behavioral issues, and alcohol and drug problems plague school communities, administrators and teachers are faced with resolving conflict in an expeditious and peaceful manner, while addressing the needs of youth. A modern day movement is transforming the way that school communities think about and respond to wrongful occurrences. Early offenders pose special challenges, but restorative justice offers unique benefits. Not only does restorative justice hold youth accountable for their actions, it also affords them the opportunity to repair the harm they have caused. This approach seeks to balance the needs of the victim and the community as well as consequences and accountability for the wrong-doer, and requires that each should be actively involved in the process to the greatest extent possible. Restorative practices, as related to educational discipline, provide schools with an opportunity to address the standards of discipline and facilitate a forum for the peaceful resolution to conflict.

Youth Development

It is our desire to be a catalytic force in promoting youth and adult partnerships; working to create just, safe, and healthy communities. It is our goal to work with policy makers, educators and community leaders to prepare young people to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood through a coordinated, progressive series of activities and experiences, which help them to become socially, morally, emotionally, physically, and cognitively competent. Positive youth development addresses the broader developmental needs of youth, in contrast to deficit-based models which focus solely on youth problems.