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Restorative Justice Seeks Mentors

Restorative Justice seeks mentors for upcoming training

Dec 23, 2016
printed in the Republican Journal

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BELFAST — Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast is seeking stable, compassionate and resourceful mentors for the populations it serves: youth (both male and female) who are taking responsibility for causing harm by participating in the RJP Community Resolution Program and men who will soon emerge from the Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center and rejoin the community.

Anyone interested in mentoring is asked to consider signing up for the next RJP training series, held at the Christ the King Church, 9 Field St., Suite 330, in Belfast. The first session, which doubles as an informational session, will be held Tuesday, Jan. 10, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The rest of the training will take place at the same time on the following four Tuesdays: Jan. 17, 24 and 31, and Feb. 7.

The sessions include information about the philosophy of restorative justice and its practice, a look at case studies of hypothetical mentees, and discussions of the theories that inform this work. Participants will also talk with an active mentor and mentee as part of the training, as well as tour the MCRRC in Belfast.

RJP mentors include teachers, mental health professionals, lobstermen, carpenters, lawyers, pastors, and community activists. One past training participant said, "The entire experience was eye-opening. The passion of the presenters was obvious and infectious." Another said, "It has renewed my spirit."

To register for the sessions, contact Hanlon Kelley at 338-2742, ext. 101, or hanlon@rjpmidcoast.org.

The Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast is a nonprofit organization that promotes fundamental change in the justice system and schools. Our responses to crime and wrongdoing seek renewal and safety for the community, support and healing for victims, and accountability and reintegration of the offender. To learn more about the Restorative Justice Project, visit rjpmidcoast.org.