YOUTH: EDUCATION, ADVOCACY & RESTORATIVE SERVICES
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Restorative Services Projects
Minneapolis Public Schools, St. Paul Public Schools
Youth who are at risk for permanent disengagement from their educational pathway, including those who have had incidents that led to a recommendation for expulsion or administrative transfer, are referred to the LRC for restorative Family Group Conferencing. Student strengths are recognized and become the basis by which youth, family, and school, agree on planned steps (with shared accountability and support) that will lead to improved academic and behavioral results..
The Legal Rights Center uses Educational Family Group Conferencing to work with Minneapolis students, families, and schools to problem-solve the issues that have led to a Hennepin County Attorney referral for truancy or educational neglect.
Child Protection Community Partner
When difficult decisions need to be made regarding safe, permanent placement for children, the family is referred to the Family Group Conferencing Unit of Hennepin County Child Protection. The LRC serves as a community partner to the county, co-facilitating restorative family conferences.
By arrangement with the Minneapolis Police Department and the Hennepin County Attorney's Office, and in partnership with other organizations, the LRC receives referrals of select juveniles. The completion of a restorative Family Group Conference in response to an alleged offense typically provides more attention, accountability, and resolution of underlying problems than the alternative of juvenile court.
About Family Group Conferencing
Family Group Conferencing is an empowering process in which youth and families identify and focus on their strengths as they develop a Plan to solve problems in a supportive and mutually accountable manner. Family Group Conferencing engages families in a culturally competent way and helps connect them with supports in their community. (At the LRC, we interpret "families" broadly: family is defined by caring, and can include people who care about the children or other adults involved.)
We connect our clients with culturally relevant organizations and social services that complement our restorative justice work.
We help individuals and communities take pride in themselves and in their ability to handle their own conflicts.
We improve communication pathways between those who have caused harm and those who have been harmed so that all parties may heal and plan for a better future.
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