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RESTORATIVE STRATEGIES

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WHAT ARE RESTORATIVE STRATEGIES?

 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The purpose of this program is to provide youth with life skills that will help foster self-worth, justice, equality, and confidence. Empowering youth with restorative justice strategies will help them become more aware and accepting of differences, more capable of showing empathy, better able to connect with peers and authority figures, and will help reduce crime.

Other anticipated outcomes of this program include: more stable home lives for area youth and a reduction in bullying and truancy.

WHY THIS PROGRAM?

The DCY has identified — through community surveys and focus groups — that:

  • there is an erosion in social-emotional development leading to negative youth behaviors in our community, and
  • youth need better support in practicing positive habits.

These local social issues are critical and, if not addressed, will adversely affect our youth and our community now and in the future.

This project is needed to help address these local challenges and will teach area youth and their families the philosophy of restorative justice and practices that help build relationships through: getting acquainted, building trust, decision-making through consensus, and community building.

WHO IS SERVED?

The population that benefits from this project initially are the 451 youth and their families served through the DCY’s after-school program. Currently, DCY provides after-school programming in twelve (12) area schools: Bryant, Carver, East Dubuque, Eisenhower, Epworth, Hoover, Irving, Kennedy, Peosta, Sageville, Seton, and Table Mound.

Once implemented and evaluated, the desire would to be scale the program to other schools, community agencies, and businesses. The ultimate beneficiary of this program is the community now and in the future.

UNIQUE PROJECT DETAILS

This program is unique as restorative justice is new for the majority of the community’s residents. Currently, there are no other programs in this community comparable to the program the DCY seeks funding to begin.

In January, the DCY in partnership with Inclusive Dubuque hosted Robert Spicer, a national expert in restorative strategies for an entire day of introductory learning sessions. More than 200 community leaders attended, including city officials, police chief, fire chief, Dubuque Community School District (DCSD) staff, business professionals, nonprofit agencies, and other community members.

Possible partners to ensure project’s success include: DCSD, Inclusive Dubuque, the Community Foundation, Wartburg Theological Seminary, and law enforcement.

IMPACT

This program is unique as restorative justice is new for the majority of the community’s residents. Currently, there are no other programs in this community comparable to the program.