Restorative Justice Circles

In partnership with Resolve, a local mediation services organization, we facilitate circles where a youth offender meets with three adult mentors for an empowering two-hour confidential conversation. Like the high school circles, we get to know the young man in a curious, non-judgmental way. As we learn about the youth’s life, we begin to incorporate restorative justice practices, such as addressing the harm that may been done to individuals and the community at large. We invite the young man to consider what kind of man he wants to become and discuss his opportunities in that direction. Most youth are surprised when they realize they are enjoying themselves and don’t want the circle to end. Men leave feeling deeply moved by this simple process.