Restorative Justice: holding people accountable, holding them with heart, 3 steps.

St Croix Valley Restorative Justice Program (scvrjp), has specialized in Restorative Justice Circles.  Link here to see session descriptions.  Each Circle is attended by 4-5 volunteers, a keeper, a storyteller and few community mentors to help support the process.  We spend time training our volunteers in the philosophy and approach of Restorative Justice, we offer…

Social Skills Built in Circle – the opposite of negative bonding!

I learned a new term today “negative bonding”.  It was explained to me as connecting over gossip, toxic topics, it was an “ah ha” moment.  When I googled “Negative Bonding” the first article said “Everyone knows about “Negative Bonding Patterns”.  I thought “oh my gosh, WHERE have I been!?”.  The next sentence said:  You may…

Photo of the week – values

My best guess is 1,350 plates.  I put a brand new stack of 150 next to this stack, tried to accomodate that the big stack is less compressed.  I’ve missed the plates for a few circles.  Each plate has a value written on it, and by someone I’ve had the pleasure of being in Circle…