Position Title: Restorative Justice Services Volunteer
Roles: Facilitator, Co-Facilitator, Community Representative,
Local Business Representative, Victim Surrogate/Advocate
Program: Weld County Restorative Justice (WCRJ)
Under the direction of the Restorative Justice Services Case Coordinators and Program Manager, the Restorative Justice Services Volunteer serves an active role in the delivery of Restorative Justice circles and programs throughout Weld County. Volunteer Facilitators/Co-Facilitators will lead conference circles. Community and Business Representatives will provide perspective on the impact and harm the criminal activity had on the community or businesses. They will also suggest ways for how the harm can be repaired. When the actual victim of the crime is unavailable/unwilling to attend the Restorative Justice process, or only submits a victim impact letter, the Victim Surrogate will represent the interests of the victim at the conference circle.
Please Note: This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not intended to be all inclusive.
- Facilitate circle conferences and RESTORE sessions as needed.
- Ensure that contact has been made with the youth, victim, and the affected community when scheduling conferences and meetings.
- Debrief and support co-facilitators, community members and business representatives.
- Create files and packets with all necessary forms, paying particular attention to detail.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Excellent communication skills, speaking and listening
- Excellent facilitation skills
- Works well in partnerships and collaborations
- Flexibility in schedule and mindset
- Sensitivity to individual values and opinions of parties
- Ability to be in the presence of conflict and work with it
- Ability to de-escalate emotionally charged situations
- Knowledge of the criminal justice system is helpful
- Good organizational skills
- Interest in helping the community, youth, and victims.
- Experience/training in mediation and group facilitation highly desirable.
- Education, experience and/or training in restorative justice highly desirable.
- Bi-lingual in Spanish highly desirable.
- Live or work within Weld County or the surrounding counties.
- 6 months to 1 year minimum commitment; 8-10 hours per month.
- Training, skill-practice, and coaching will be provided by WCRJ.
- Prior training/experience in mediation or group facilitation can fast track a volunteer to a co-facilitator/facilitator.
AREAS OF REPRESENTATION
Volunteers represent the local community in which the criminal incident occurred. WCRJ is looking for volunteers from all walks of life, including, but not limited to: Mediators, College Students, Parents or Grandparents, Community Members, Business Leaders and Owners, Teachers, Doctors/Dentists, Faith-based Groups, Prior Crime Victims, and anyone with interest in criminal justice, youth offenders, mediation, conflict resolution, or restorative practices.
Volunteers work with youth offenders in a restorative justice process to help them take responsibility, repair harm, and re-integrate back into their community. Volunteers act as a community representative or facilitator/co-facilitator in a group circle with other volunteers, the youth, a victim or victim surrogate, and family members. There are three stages of the restorative justice process at Weld County Restorative Justice: 1) pre-conference, 2) conference circle, and 3) re-integration meeting. Volunteers are assigned specific cases or circles by a restorative justice program coordinator (RESTORE, ReThinking Substances, and Circle Conferences) and participate in each stage of the process for continuity purposes. Participation usually requires 8-10 hours per month of commitment. Most assignments are scheduled at the availability of volunteers, so flexibility is provided.
The youth that are referred to WCRJ are 10 to 17 years of age and have either been ticketed or arrested for minor crimes that include shoplifting, theft, threats, trespassing, vandalism, and substance abuse. WCRJ serves as both a diversion program and alternative sanction program. Referrals come from the Weld County District Attorney's Office, Probation, and Municipal Courts. Referred youth must take responsibility and repair harm to participate in the process. In order to repair harm, youth often agree to participate in community service, make apologies, design a poster or presentation, or assist family and neighbors. With training and practice, volunteers will facilitate or co-facilitate the pre-conference, conference circle, and the re-integration meeting.
Volunteer opportunity only.
8-10 hours per month minimally; opportunity for 15-20+ hours per month.
Youth and Family Connections 2835 W 10th St., Greeley, Colorado; travel throughout Weld County
Restorative Justice Program Manager
Youth & Family Connections
Main/ 970-351-5460 Direct/ 970-351-5465
Areas of focus:
2835 W 10th St
Greeley, CO, US 80634
Duration:3 months or longer
Time commitment:Occasional (weekly or monthly)
Times of day:Mornings Afternoons Evenings
Days of week:Weekdays Weekends
Extra details:Training provided