Hi -- Thanks for being here! The Burlington CJC is a shame-free environment to reflect on the impact of your actions and take steps toward repairing harm. We'll also make space for you to reflect on what brought you here, where you want to go from here, and how our community can help get you there.
There are a few stages to complete your restorative process, these include participating in: a few workshops, an Impact Meeting, and potentially a Restorative Group Conference, depending on whether the person(s) most affected by your actions wish to participate.
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Were you referred to YSASP?
If you have been referred to Alternative Justice, Court Diversion, or BARJ, please contact our office. Read more about our restorative programs below.
An Impact Meeting is a brief restorative dialogue between the youth, staff and a high school or college-aged volunteer. The meeting allows for a deeper reflection of impact and deciding on how to make amends to affected parties and the community. After the meeting, there is an opportunity to work on making amends out of materials and crafts that the CJC provides.
Circles are often used when working with directly involved parties. A Circle is a structured meeting where the youth and their supports, the affected parties and their supports, and the affected community get to share their experience of an incident and decide together how best to repair the harm. Affected parties are importantly able express their feelings, ask questions and have a say in the outcome.
Restorative Group Conferences
RGCs are often used when there are multiple responsible parties and a specific community impact. A RGC is a structured meeting where the youth and their supports, the affected parties and their supports, and the affected community get to share their experience of an incident and decide together how best to repair the harm. Affected parties are importantly able express their feelings, ask questions and have a say in the outcome.
We offer a variety of workshops, and we want you to get what matters most to you out of them—whether you want to add a skill to your tool belt, build community, or find a new passion project, we're here for it.
YSASP provides an alternative to the civil court process for youth (anyone under the age of 18) who violate Vermont’s underage alcohol and/or marijuana laws. YSASP helps young people understand the impact of using substances on themselves and others. The program helps lower the risk of future use, while connecting those identified as high-risk levels to professional substance use clinicians.
The Burlington Police Department can make direct referrals to the BCJC. These are one of the earliest interventions for responsible and affected parties. Referrals are usually low-level misdemeanors and first time offenses. BPD has been sending direct youth referrals since 2005.
Court Diversion is a restorative alternative for individuals charged with a crime. After police issue a citation for violating the law, the state’s attorney decides whether to refer the person out of the court system to the community-based Court Diversion program.
A VT Department of Children and Families funded program, BARJ provides restorative interventions for youth involvement in the juvenile justice system. When youth are at risk of involvement in the system, BARJ aims to reduce and eliminate their further involvement. For youth already involved in the system, BARJ provides opportunities to decrease their risk factors and strengthen known protective factors.
BARJ (Balanced And Restorative Justice)
The Burlington CJC collaborates with the Burlington School District to support a whole-district implementation of Restorative Practices.
Restorative Practices in Schools
For more information about our Youth Services, please contact Kelly Ahrens, Youth Restorative Programs Manager at (802)865-7169 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We importantly want to acknowledge and appreciate our conversations with other communities, but in particular the Center for Restorative Youth Justice (CRYJ) in Montana. They have been an inspiration for us in reenvisioning our own youth restorative justice programs. It's been wonderful to share stories, resources, and how each of us are approaching the work in our respective communities. In solidarity, BCJC Youth Staff