The University of Maine Peace & Reconciliation Studies Program
With the Restorative Practices Collaborative of Maine
Presents Two Summer Trainings for 2014
Summer Institute in Restorative School Practices
June 30-July 2, 2014
Hutchinson Center, Belfast
Facilitators: Barb Blazej, M.Ed. and Pam Anderson, J.D.
Restorative Conference Facilitation Training
August 4-5, 2014
Klahr Center, University of Maine, Augusta
Facilitators: Barb Blazej, M.Ed. and Margaret Micolichek, MPA
Our Second Annual Beat the Winter Blues Bash was another smashing Success!
Point Lookout, Northport, ME
A great time by all! More info on the Bash will be coming!
Listen to an interview by L. Jaye Bell on Destination Maine Radio Show, broadcast on June 8, 2012 with Midcoast Community Chorus Director Mimi Bornstein, and Wendy Watson of the Restorative Justice Project.
Buddy’s Story: An Unforgettable Mentoring Experience
By Lincoln County Mentor, Bobsy Dudley Thompson
My most meaningful Restorative Justice mentoring experience involved a pale, thin quiet 18 -year-old prisoner in Two Bridges Jail, Wiscasset, Maine. He was nearing his court hearing and probation date, one of many in his life. I’ll call him “Buddy,” (In my home I call him my beloved jail-bird.) my buddy, as in a swimming buddy. You know, someone you keep track of, you stand by him. You make sure his head is above water, at least most of the time. We met twice in the cold, gray, airless, metallic arraignment room. I listened to his stories—he told them haltingly, inarticulately, incomplete mumblings. Sometimes just a quiet moan or groan. Usually his head was down, his eyes on his feet.
When volunteers sign on to be mentors for RJP, they commit to a challenging but rewarding journey that provides opportunity for growth for themselves as well as those they mentor.
“Mentoring is courageous work, requiring us to bring our full selves to the table on behalf of those we support,” says Lynne Hutchinson, Volunteer Coordinator for two of the six counties RJP serves.
“We are working with individuals dealing with a multitude of challenges ranging from...