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Empower Young People Using a Restorative Justice Lens

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  • Live Online Training
  • Thursday, March 30, 2023
  • 10:00 am to 11:30 am Central Time
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $30 for non-YIPA members
  • Not a member? Annual membership is $124 for individuals or $300 for organizations. Join now or learn more.

Your Training Description

Stresses and injustices in our society are keenly felt by our young people. Punitive consequences for young people’s behavior often address a symptom and don’t get at the root causes of harm or conflict that is compounded by these stresses and injustices. Helping our young people navigate their responsibility within this complexity requires people they can trust. Youth work at its best develops trusted relationships with young people that allow for change and growth. These relationships help keep young people whole and accountable when harm occurs or conflicts arise.

Restorative justice practices center on trusted relationships. Restorative principles encourage us to think differently about youth work, with the focus on building and repairing positive relationships for shared problem solving rather than punitive repercussions for unwanted behavior. There are ways to incorporate these practices and principles into your youth work. It’s a mindset shift and a cultural change that will make youth work more effective.

This training will provide an overview of restorative justice principles and practices. You’ll learn about possible stumbling blocks you may encounter and how to overcome them. You’ll consider how you can bring restorative justice and a restorative mindset to your work with young people. Your efforts may take more time this way, but the positive collaboration leads to better outcomes for all.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Identify the basics of Restorative Justice philosophy
  • Recognize key components of Restorative Justice practice
  • Consider systemic barriers that affect youth work
  • Explore what Restorative Justice practice can look like in various youth work settings
  • Learn how to use internal process questions to develop a restorative mindset for working with young people

Your Trainers

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Cynthia Prosek has over 20 years of restorative justice practice. As executive director of Restorative Justice Community Action (RJCA), Cynthia leads a trajectory of growth, expanding services and deepening community engagement in restorative justice practices. She draws on the knowledge and wisdom of the community, collaborating with a network of volunteers, leaders, and agencies for a strong, vibrant, and diverse Twin Cities community. Cynthia promotes and helps to implement new programming from a lens of race equity as the means to transform the criminal legal system and redefining public safety as rooted in community.

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Jaime Gjerdingen (jer-di-gen) is attending the University of Minnesota to earn her Master of Social Work (MSW). She is currently an intern with Restorative Justice Community Action (RJCA). Jaime lives in St. Paul with her partner, three kids, and two cats. As an intern with RJCA, Jaime has been delightfully surprised by how consistently relationships between people have been repaired or strengthened through the Restorative Justice process, especially between parents and their kids, as well as those harmed and those who caused harm.

Your Competency Focus Area

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Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around a broad framework of eight youth work competencies. The competency focus of this training is: BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTION.

Adopt a mindset and perspective to understand the connection between emotions and behaviors, effectively model managing your own emotions as you teach youth to manage theirs, and diffuse dysregulated behavior and help youth re-regulate.

Your Training Details

  • Live Online Training
  • Thursday, March 30, 2023
  • 10:00 am to 11:30 am Central Time
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $30 for non-YIPA members
  • Not a member? Annual membership is $124 for individuals or $300 for organizations. Join now or learn more.
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This training will count as 1.5 CE hours for most boards. Please contact your board directly with questions on submitting. You are encouraged to print or save this training information as a PDF for your records.