Restorative Justice mentor training begins March 15

Mar 06, 2018

Belfast — Looking for a few good mentors! The Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast (RJP) is seeking stable, compassionate, and resourceful volunteers to become mentors. Training begins with an informational session Thursday, March 15.

Mentors provide guidance to juveniles and adults who are taking responsibility for causing harm by participating in RJP's Community Resolution Program, or Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center residents seeking healthy re-integration into the community.

Anyone interested in mentoring is asked to sign up for the next RJP training series, to be held at from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 95 High St., Belfast. The first session includes a light supper. For those interested in completing the training, the rest of the meetings will take place March 22 and 29, and April 5 and 12, all from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

RJP mentors come from a wide range of backgrounds. They include teachers, mental health professionals, lobstermen, carpenters, lawyers, pastors, and community activists. One past training participant said, “The entire experience was eye-opening. The passion of the presenters was obvious and infectious.” Another said, “It has renewed my spirit.”

To register for the sessions, contact Hanlon Kelley at 338-2742, ext. 101, or email

The Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast is a nonprofit organization that promotes fundamental change in the justice system and schools. RJP responses to crime and wrongdoing seek renewal and safety for the community, support and healing for victims, and accountability and reintegration of the offender. To learn more about the Restorative Justice Project, visit



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