Become a community mentor

Aug 16, 2012

The Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast (RJP) is offering a free training for volunteer mentors to support youth and adults who are involved in the criminal justice system. The next Waldo County volunteer training is scheduled for Tuesdays, Sept. 11, 18, 25 and Oct. 2, 5:30 to 8 p.m. The training will be held at the First Church, 8 Court Street, in Belfast. Participants must pre-register before the training begins at http://www.rjpmidcoast.org/cms/volunteer.

Mentoring is one of the most significant factors in helping people to turn their lives around. The presence of caring relationships in offenders’ lives helps to sustain motivation, build self-esteem, and encourage the development of new behaviors and attitudes.

“Our need for volunteers continues to grow, as do our programs and number of participants we are serving” states Margaret Micolichek, RJP’s Director. RJP is supported by a widespread partnership that includes law enforcement, probation, the District Attorney's office, local congregations, numerous social service agencies, and community volunteers.

Volunteers receive training in all program areas, and training and support are offered throughout their volunteer time. For more information, or to download a volunteer application form, visit www.rjpmidcoast.org or call 338-2742.

The mission of the Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast is to promote fundamental change in the way the community deals with crime and wrongdoing. Restorative practices are taught and used in schools as a substitute for detention and suspensions and for adult and youth involved in the criminal justice system.

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