Newsletter - Winter 2016
Welcome New Board Members
The RJIM Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of five new board members:
George Carr, VP and Portfolio Manager at R.M. Davis
Jane Gallagher, Program Officer, Dietel Partners
Jon Gale, Criminal Defense Attorney
Leah Hurley, Founder of Craft, advertising agency
Jen LaChance Sibley, Outreach Services Director, Family Crisis Services.
“As RJIM sharpens our focus on promoting a widespread cultural and systemic shift to how Mainers approach wrongdoing, we welcome the addition of these five outstanding new board members,” said Dick Snyder, Chair of RJIM’s Board of Directors. “Their experience and expertise in strategic nonprofit management, victim advocacy, and public-private partnership will strengthen RJIM’s ability to take our work to scale and increase our impact around the state.”
RJIM Launches Mentoring Pilot in Southern Maine
In 2015, RJIM received generous support from the Virginia Hodgkins Somers Foundation and the Kennebunk Rotary Club to develop our Restorative Mentoring Program. This program will allow us to increase support and follow up for the youth who have completed our restorative circles.
Restorative Mentors work with youth as they complete community service, job applications, or extracurricular activities associated with their mandatory restorative action plans. Throughout these activities, the youth also form a mentoring partnership that supports them in developing relationship skills and opportunities for reflection and integration of learning.
RJIM has worked on developing a solid infrastructure for the Restorative Mentoring Program, and we are thrilled to announce the launch of an initial, replicable pilot program in York County, to be expanded across communities over the course of the year. “Restorative Mentoring is an exciting application of restorative practices in a one on one relationship, which will allow youth to make meaning from the restorative circle and follow through with their plans.” explained Chesari Tempesta, Program Coordinator.
The newly developed Restorative Mentoring curriculum will be used in a February training to bring new mentors on board. This curriculum integrates restorative practices into the mentoring relationship, and provides comprehensive training on communication, youth development, safety and boundaries, and restorative approaches. The new mentors will then be connected to youth who could use a helping hand and a positive adult support in their lives as they navigate the restorative process, and carry out their plan.
“I am truly passionate about utilizing Rotarians as mentors in conjunction with RJIM” says Chief Robert MacKenzie, Chief of the Kennebunk Police Department and Past-President of the Kennebunk Rotary Club. “One area of focus for Rotary is to promote peace. Through mentoring, Rotarians can guide juvenile offenders towards a positive path by being strong role models. Rotarians can also provide local service projects to get the juveniles involved in community in a positive way. This concept will in turn promote the ultimate goal of peace as these juveniles are much less likely to re-offend. Rotary is international and Rotarians have the ability to be a positive influence on our youth worldwide.”
Activists & Artists Come to Maine
Join us on Tuesday, March 22nd at 7:30PM at the Frontier Cafe in Brunswick to welcome award-winning songwriter, speaker, author and activist, David LaMotte to Maine. And join us on Wednesday, March 23rd from 10AM - 3:30PM at Bowdoin College and spend the day exploring the role of individuals (you!) in the restorative justice movement with David and activist Lyndon Harris. We are so fortunate to have them join us!
Both events require registration. Space is limited.
For the evening event on March 22, click HERE for tickets.
For the day-long workshop on March 23, click HERE to register.
These events are part of our series of workshops called Just Conversations, sponsored by the Restorative Justice Institute.