For a full decade, the Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast has been changing how justice is delivered in the court system, the schools, and the community, and a new restorative services coordinator will ensure its services continue to grow throughout Lincoln and Sagadahoc counties.

Nadejda Stancioff is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, where she majored in psychology and education. She served as an intern for the Restorative Justice Project in summer of 2014, gaining insight and experience into the work of RJP. While a student at Mount Holyoke, Nadejda worked as a community-based learning fellow, working as a tutor in a women's correctional facility and as a facilitator for creative writing workshops for incarcerated women.

As restorative services coordinator, Stancioff will coordinate, facilitate and track progress of restorative justice conferences and reparative agreement follow-up for juveniles and adults.

In this role, she will work closely with local law enforcement, schools and a group of trained volunteers who mentor juveniles and help program development and support. "I am thrilled to be working for an organization that not only is an effective alternative to our current justice system, but also one that heals communities,” said Stancioff. “RJP supports youth and adults in very tangible ways and provides the kind of meaningful dialogue between individuals and groups of people that is often lacking in today’s busy world."

She will work out of RJP’s new office location in the Damariscotta Baptist Church, Damariscotta. She welcomes visitors to stop by to say hello and learn more about restorative justice. A colorful sign is being made to note when she is in, to make visits more inviting and accessible.

For more information on how to get involved, contact the RJP central office at 338-2742 or Stancioff at 975-9723 or online via info@rjpmidcoast.org or rjpmidcoast.org