Volunteers needed to serve as community mentors

Posted Aug. 28, 2012, at 12:15 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — The Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast is offering a free training for volunteer mentors to support youth and adults involved in the criminal justice system. The next Waldo County volunteer training is scheduled for 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 11, 18, and 25, and Oct. 2, at the First Church, 8 Court St. Participants must register in advance at rjpmidcoast.org/cms/volunteer.

The mission of the Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast is to promote fundamental change in the way the community deals with crime and wrongdoing. It believes that when a crime or wrongdoing takes place, it is community and individual relationships that are damaged. The restorative justice approach emphasizes responsibility and restitution rather than punishment. Restorative practices are taught and used in schools as a substitute for detention and suspensions, and for adult and youth involved in the criminal justice system.

Volunteers receive training in all program areas, and training and support are offered throughout the time of volunteer service.

For information or to download a volunteer application form, visit rjpmidcoast.org or call 338-2742.