Michele Braley

Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership

Michele Braley's fundraiser for SEWARD NEIGHBORHOOD GROUP

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Participants in restorative conference facilitator training.

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Conference facilitator training is offered twice per year, in partnership with Restorative Justice Community Action

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Transformation Tree at the Festival: Considering past conflicts and what contributed to transformation

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Sharing the impact of restorative justice at the Festival of Giving (sponsored by Common Ground)

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Engaging neighbors in conversation: What Does Justice Look Like?

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Spreading the word about restorative justice at Longfellow Park

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Newly trained volunteers - Conference facilitator training is offered two weekends per year.

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Promoting reconciliation and healing with our youth and our community

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A word picture of restorative justice

SLRJP builds community by involving the victim, offender, family, and community in solutions to repair harm and promote healing.

Thank you to the 52 individuals who donated $6,650 to SLRJP in 2013. This program was created and is sustained by our community.

Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership receives referrals from the Minneapolis Police Department and Hennepin County Attorney's Office for teens committing lower level offenses (e.g. theft, shoplifting, property damage) in Seward and Longfellow.

We use a restorative conference process to help teens reflect on the impact of their actions on those directly harmed, themselves, their parents and the community.

Our program was founded in 2004, when neighborhood residents got together to build a safer and stronger community by responding to harm through direct and meaningful conversations with youth.

As we gear up to celebrate our 10th anniversary, we at the Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership want to thank you for helping us reach this milestone.

We couldn’t have made it so far, or helped so many people, without your support.

As of October 2013, 138 youth have completed the program, resulting in 169 apologies to those harmed, almost 900 hours of volunteer service to the community and $5,700 in financial restitution to victims.

With your generosity, the Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership is able to have conversations with youth that lead to important life lessons. Teen participants discover the consequences of their actions and how to repair the harm they caused.

Recent restorative conferences include successful outcomes like these:

  • A student who stole from his classroom sat down with his teacher and shared a heartfelt essay about his regrets for past actions and his journey to become the adult he wants to be.

  • A teen who spray-painted a local business met with the store’s owner and a customer and learned that his actions hurt real people. He then returned to the retail property to restore the damage he caused.

  • Two friends who stole a wallet listened to the distress of the victim as she recounted the many inconveniences of losing all of its contents.

Thank you for making the work of transforming your community possible.

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2013 results:

  • Thirty-five (35) restorative conferences completed (program capacity is 36)
  • 160 volunteer hours contributed to the community by teens
  • $1,340 returned to those harmed
  • 28 written and verbal apologies
  • 500 volunteer hours contributed by adult volunteers

2013 Annual budget: $45,000

The total cost to support one youth from referral through completion of the program is about $750. In comparison, administrative costs for police, courts and prosecution is $3,498 per offense in 2007 dollars.

We save taxpayers $2,700 per youth referred to SLRJP instead of court!


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SEWARD NEIGHBORHOOD GROUP
2323 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406

Phone
612-338-6205, x119

Web
http://www.sng.org

Email
admin@sng.org

Mission
The Seward Neighborhood Group was established in 1960 to make the Seward neighborhood in Minneapolis a better place to live, work, and play.

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