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LARPJ seeks volunteers

The Lakes Area Restorative Justice Project is looking for volunteers to be a part of the Circles in the Schools program as trained Circle Keepers. Circle volunteers make a commitment for one hour every week at one of the circles in Brainerd, Pequ...

The Lakes Area Restorative Justice Project is looking for volunteers to be a part of the Circles in the Schools program as trained Circle Keepers.

Circle volunteers make a commitment for one hour every week at one of the circles in Brainerd, Pequot Lakes and Crosby schools. Circles are made up of two to five students, up to two Circle Keepers and other individuals, including members of the Collaborative Service Team, school counselors, or community members.

The training is Nov. 13-14 at the LARJP offices and facilitated by co-founder Roger Lynn. Cost is $15 to cover the costs of training and materials.

The circles process begins with a talking piece, which is passed around the circle and gives individuals the authority to speak. Circles provide a way for students who have issues with truancy to meet with a group on a weekly basis to talk about difficult topics. Through circles, students are able to make connections in their schools, feel like they belong at school and have motivation to come to school.

LARJP is a community directed, operated and supported non-profit organization. It provides a

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forum for juvenile wrongdoers and their families, those victimized by the harm, and their supporters to meet in a safe and respectful environment to discuss the incident. The project is directed toward minor juvenile offenders in the Crow Wing County area.

For more information on the programs visit www.lakesarearestorativejustice.org or call 218-454-4145.

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