Restorative Justice Community Action
Agency Description: Restorative Justice Community Action is a community-based nonprofit organization that utilizes community conferencing to address livability crimes with adults and youth. Community conferencing consists of small group meetings that allow all stakeholders to have a voice in the justice process. Community members who may live, work, or worship in the neighborhood where the crime occurred meet with the offender to discuss and come to an agreement on how the offender will repair the harm that was done. Participants that successfully complete the program have a lower recidivism rate (less likely to reoffend) than those who go through the court system.
Conference Volunteers: Volunteers first must observe 2 adult conferences before participating in small-group community conferences as a community member. Adult community conferences are 6 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 am on Saturdays, and some Monday mornings at 10AM. Adult conferences are approximately 2 hours long with an average of 7-10 conferences scheduled per month. Time commitment is 1-2 hr/wk (24 hr/semester) or 5-10 hr/wk (54 hr/semester).There is the opportunity to participate in youth conferences also. Those dates and times are more fluid, based on the availability of the youth and their family.
How to Apply: Contact Tina Sigel 612-746-0780, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers are required to attend a volunteer/intern orientation.