As a Restorative Justice nonprofit, volunteer development is key!

One of the elements St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Program (SCVRJP) provides is volunteer in-service opportunities.  This was designed to provide on-going training to volunteers.  Session volunteering is always focused on providing the service.  The volunteer in-service is a time and place for volunteers to build relationships with each other, with SCVRJP staff and with the concepts…

Managing a nonprofit crisis – restoratively and with justice.

St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Program is a small independent non-profit, 501c3.  Our SCVRJP Annual Report 2011, SCVRJP served 1,820 individuals in 139 different sessions, about 11 times a month we are in a Circle, Conference, training or presentation, that means about 2 times a week.  For 2012 we are trending ahead of last year, averaging 13 sessions a…

Restorative Justice non-profit, agency asset #1, the power of the human spirit.

This blog has several posts about the view of people as mental, physical, emotional and spiritual.  Or/also known as – mind, body, heart and soul.  As a Restorative Justice teacher, advocate, practitioner and student, I think it is crucial to recognize, promote and attend to individuals on these levels, Restoratively. Self and others, victims and…

Restorative Response – talking circles for those impacted by suicide.

From the April 20, 2011 River Falls Journal A forum last spring opened a dialogue about suicide after an unusually high number in and around River Falls led authorities to hold the public meeting and say, “What can we do to help?” That led to a local remembrance walk, more discussion and the formation of…

Circles include earned and learned wisdom, formal and informal support.

There are two ways we get smart about things – we experience it or we take someone else’s story and decide to do it, or not do it. When we are seating in Restorative Justice Circles, we take time to listen.  We listen like sponges.  It just happens that way.  The values have been determined…

Restorative Justice Circle training, for keepers and practitioners.

Attached is a 2 page pdf – highlighting some of the training responses and goals.  This also includes an easy to use registration form. SCVRJP Circle Trainings 2011 Sessions are scheduled for April, July and October in River Falls Wisconsin.  St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice is 40 miles and 50 minutes from the Minneapolis/St. Paul…