Statement of Values

Pillars

  1.   Radical Hospitality
  2.   Accompaniment
  3.   Building Relationships with youth and families
  4.   Relentless engagement of stakeholders and systems
  5.   Collaboration and relationships with other RJ Hubs

 

Definitions of Pillars

Radical Hospitality– providing a welcoming and safe space.  Hospitality means that space is provided that welcomes youth in, that nourishes their spirits by being a place that is affirming and open to all willing to respect that space.  The respect of the space is the only prerequisite to belonging to that space.   Within this space, youth can expect to be provided models for positive boundaries and positive relationships with others.

Accompaniment: Young people are engaged for the long haul through mentoring and positive adult role models who engage the young person and are committed to “be there” for the youth for the long journey.  Accompaniment means that a caring, responsible adult will walk through obstacles, situations, or life’s moments offering support, advice, advocacy, and education.

Building Relationships with youth and families: Engaging in peacemaking circles and mentoring to promote healing, honest communication, conflict resolution, healthy relationships, connection and a sense of belonging.

Relentless engagement of stakeholders and systems: The ability to effectively link youth to resources needed to be successful while maintaining a strong presence in their life.

Collaboration and Relationship with other RJ Hubs: The strength and power of a community comes from stronger relationships within and between the members of the community and their supporters. True collaboration is a process where the collaborators continue to learn and be part of a learning community

 

Other Supporting Values Defined

Restorative Justice: Restorative Justice in both philosophy and practice emphasizes the power and capacity of ordinary people to identify and resolve their own problems (Pranis, 2001).  RJ looks first at the harm done and then asks the question as to how that harm can be repaired.  RJ recognizes that crime is more than a violation of a law; it is a violation of relationships.  The RJ practice of peacemaking circles is a methodology that allows us to work with people and organizations in the community in order to provide a network of support and care, and support and accountability for youth and families in that community.

  • The focus of restorative justice is repairing the harm caused by crime and conflict; engaging all parties impacted to address the harm; restoring relationships and competency; and determining a resolution that meets their needs and promotes community safety.

Community led: Real change happens within the community and when the members of the community lead the efforts. Understanding that outside providers need to support the people within the community and together build ongoing positive relationships within those communities. This must be done relentlessly among community members, stakeholders and systems because change is hard.

Understanding outcomes: The process must be measured and evaluated to better understand and describe the outcomes.

  • The objective and responsible use of current research and best available data inform our decisions about practice, policy and programming in order to produce outcomes that are just and effective.

Responsibility: Recognizing the need for all members of the community and social systems to be responsible to one another; creating an environment in which accountability is valued as a means toward a more healthy community.

Safe spaces: Safe and welcoming spaces within the community are places where youth and families can experience hospitality and feel a sense of belonging.

 

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