In partnership with St. Paul Attorney's Office ETHOS Program, DRC-trained community volunteers hold restorative conversations between individuals who have committed a misdemeanor or low/high-level felony offense, and those impacted by the crime to discuss the incident and determine restitution.
Individuals participate in “community circles of support”, creating alternative sentencing options and a restorative justice process that strengthens accountability and opens a line of communication between the offender and those harmed.
Individuals who successfully complete the program are able to keep a conviction off their record, avoid fines, and minimize contact with the justice system. Completing the process can lead to a reduction of barriers that could prevent behavior change and future success.
If you are interested in being a Community Member for Diversion please complete and submit the volunteer intake form HERE. If interested in learning more please email Diversion- email@example.com or Juvenile - firstname.lastname@example.org.
DRC community volunteers also provide affordable and pro bono mediation services to the community and conduct mediations for several Ramsey County courts. DRC volunteer mediators do not provide legal advice or case evaluations. Services cover the areas of civil and family law.
Civil law disputes | include housing, harassment, conciliation, contract, neighbor, and other general civil matters.
Family law disputes | include asset/debt division, parenting time, custody, paternity, grandparent or third-party visitation and other general family matters.
Beginning in the Fall of 2021, DRC will offer five 6-week healing circles open to the community on a first-come, first-serve basis. Support groups are FREE and open to the public! Community Healing Circles of Support will cover topics such as anger management support,
communication and conflict management, health and wellness, etc. Each circle will enroll up to 10 participants and will meet for two hours each session using the restorative circle model.
Upon the successful completion of the 6 weeks, participants will receive a certificate of participation, tokens of appreciation, and a small celebration that will include a meal and dessert! Attendance is mandatory with the exception of missing one session per the offered six weeks. The Circle of Support groups will continue to run throughout the year and will cater to both youth and adults.
Interested in attending circles? Check out DRC's Event Calendar to sign up or Email email@example.com for more info!
circles of support
Community healing circles of support
Due to the racial and civil unrest of George Floyd as well as other prolific racial crimes, Minnesota has become the birthplace of a revolution sparking the need to have courageous conversation about the traumas that we have experienced as a community. DRC offers tools and interventions that allow community to safely navigate difficult dialogue regarding injustices and the damaging aftermath created by these challenging situations.
Interested in learning more?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info!
Your. Story. Matters. At DRC , we believe that in order to heal forward from the traumas of life, sharing your personal story to help others who have been misrepresented or undervalued, helps bridge the gap towards a more unified, collective healing effort to repair harm. Our trainings help ALL types of people from various lifestyles transform relationships in real time! DRC advocates for highly skilled and proficient professionals to be trained in restorative practices to continually repair harm in response to various behaviors and conflicts that impede daily performance and relationships. Restorative work within corporate, educational, non-profit, family, or community settings is focused on learning and implementing the restorative circle process and improving communication skills for disputes. Inquire today on how your school/organization can become certified in restorative practices!
SHifting The Narrative
DRC’s goal is to brainstorm new, creative ideas for youth by engaging them with safe, healing, innovative programming.
Virtual Weekly Circles of Support for Youth 14-17, 18+ |
FLO/DMX are weekly circles for young women and males that will meet once a week for 6-12 weeks, having conversations around: Connection, wellness, emotions, family struggles, “adulting”, and all things in between! DRC values the strength of youth voice, and we recognize the obstacles that hinder youth from being their best! Upon successful completion of 12 weekly sessions, an investment of $250 is given to each participant for their time and commitment to self and others.
Youth Advisory Board (YAB) |
The purpose of the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is to ensure DRC is aligned with what youth envision, and that DRC remains relevant to the wants and needs of young people within our community and organization to heal forward. We are looking for young leaders who are creative, open to new ideas, independent, and looking to grow! CLICK HERE TO APPLY
'The Lair' Radio Show | Every 2nd and 4th Saturday at 5pm, DRC partners with WFNU Frogtown Community Radio 94.1 FM as a proactive strategy to deter problematic behavior through conversation, highlighting youth voice while bringing the values of restorative to the foreground of youth’s interactions. Youth have the opportunity to share with others - tuning in, expressing their experiences, asking questions, and demonstrating artistic expression.
Interested in participating? Email email@example.com for more info!