Perth, ON, September 8, 2016 – Lanark County Community Justice Program (LCCJP) is recruiting volunteers to support the use of restorative approaches by youth and adults in the schools and youth centres of Lanark County and the Town of Smiths Falls.
In addition to providing court diversion services for youth, the organization is expanding to support the use of restorative approaches by youth that can help them develop resilience, and social and emotional skills that contribute to the development of inclusive, caring and safe communities, thereby contributing to positive engagement in the community and a reduction of the incidence of youth crime.
Having a pool of trained volunteers to support students, teachers and youth centre staff is critical to the effectiveness of the initiative. LCCJP provides ongoing training in-house to give volunteers a working understanding of restorative approaches and the skills to implement strategies such as restorative circles. Volunteers typically note that the training enriches their personal lives by helping them develop effective communication and collaborative problem-solving skills.
Individuals interested in learning more about LCCJP or volunteering with its school outreach program are invited to visit the website www.commjustice.org or contact Andrew Lynch, Community Animator, at 613-264-1558. The next training session will be held in October.
The Ministry of the Attorney General provides funding assistance needed for court diversion cases involving youth aged 12 to 17. LCCJP is also pleased to be a United Way of Lanark County partner, with United Way funding primarily used to help with cases of youth aged 18 to 25 years. The Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Law Foundation of Ontario and other community partners have made the school program a reality. More information about the Lanark County Community Justice Program can be found at www.commjustice.org.