Individuals interested in serving as mentors can do so in a number of ways with students at local schools, juveniles involved with probation or the courts, young adults on deferred dispositions with the court or inmates reentering the community from jail. In addition, mentors who have an interest in co-mentoring with small groups of participants will have the opportunity to do so at the Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center. Mentors generally meet with the participant once per week for an hour or more, over a 6 to 18 month time period.
Those with group facilitation skills are invited to participate in community resolution conferences with any one of our programs. Facilitators organize the conferences by bringing the person harmed and the offender (and his/her family members, in most cases involving juveniles), together with community members to participate in a dialogue related to the incident and to help all persons affected to reach an agreement regarding ways of repairing the harm and to begin to offer some form(s) of restitution. Cases are referred to RJP through schools, juvenile probation, the courts or local law enforcement.
Offers the opportunity for members of the community to participate in community resolution conference with persons who have caused harm and to share how their choices and actions have affected the larger community. The harm that has been done has caused a “ripple” effect that impacts, not only those immediately involved in the incident that caused the harm, but the social fabric of our community as well.
Other opportunities are available that relate to the broader operations of the organization. As a volunteer based non-profit, we seek the expertise and professional skills of members of our community. Skills in grant-writing, public relations, technology, event sponsorship, recruitment, community organizing, and others are valued by RJP Midcoast. We also need to identify connections to employment and training, housing, educational resources as well as ways to help people navigate the legal and social service systems that directly impact our program participants.