Walk for Awareness, July 31st River Falls, Wisconsin

Did you know in the US, 11 teens die a DAY in traffic crashes. 87% of teens admit to speeding. 67% of teens in crashes were NOT buckled up. 60% of fatal crashes in WI, involved alcohol. 88% of teen cell phone users text. In half of the fatal crashes involving teens, another teen was driving.…

Used as guidelines, relationships values promote Restorative Circle connections.

I started saving the paper plates in 2007.  Someday, I was going to summarize all the values, written on them.  I’ve been trying to let go of my plate stack for over a year and a half.  I even started a different stack for 2010.  At each Restorative Justice Circle, I ask people to think…

Teacher: “I didn’t know half those stories”!

The power of a restorative justice circle is amazing.  Simply amazing. In a Safe Teen Driving Circle, students are facing each other, they contribute values to the center, they share who they thought of to pick their value.  Each voice is heard a few times before our storyteller. The storyteller is moving, gripping, and often…

Gripping story of teen drinking and driving . . . another lesson.

The Door County Wisconsin Sheriff’s Department and local coalition produced this video, the story of Karen and Amanda.  It’s real and it hits me because I work with situations like this at SCVRJP.  I help speakers like the ones in this video, share their story. As you watch this, you will be drawn in, get a…

Update on the question: what do you know alot about and how did you get to know it

I mentioned the getting acquainted question in this post.  I gave it a try and was really impressed with how it worked.  Once again the Circle process did not fail me. It was cute to see the person wearing a t-shirt with a soccer ball on it, say she knew alot about soccer, because she…

The purpose of ‘kooky’ in Restorative Justice Circles.

People that participate in Circles with me, become really honest about what they thought at first.  This honest testimony about what people thought about a Circle at first, and what they think now is an endorsement for the process. The most recent description like this used the term ” kooky“.  It’s been mentioned that they seemed wierd.  One…