Restorative Justice Project
Incorporating cultural understandings and traditional teachings in enhancing our Restorative Justice approaches to repairing the harm of criminal offences. Restorative Justice Project offers a series of recidivism prevention capacity-building programs, cultural workshops, mediation, mentorship, leadership, teachings circles and counselling sessions, addiction referrals to aid in the healing and reparation of harm.
To meet the diverse needs of racialized Black and Muslim youth in custody.
To provide support to those who are struggling in the community to help improve their prospects
A big thank you to all our funders.
RYJ will address certain criminal matters through resolutions that promote healing, reparation and re-integration into the community. RYJ is designed to divert Black and Muslim youth aged 12–21 away from the criminal justice system. This model seeks to make full use of community resources to address the underlying causes of crime. The program also seeks to influence decision makers to streamline funding to those programs proven to be effective in addressing the root causes of crime.
- RYJ will also engage youth ages 12-21 years old and their families, help them better navigate and connect with support services in their communities.
- RYJ strives to build the capacity of our youth participants to divert them from crime.
- we provide prevention programs such as cultural mentorship, recreation, leadership, and digital literacy.
- Bilal Community and Family Centre incorporates cultural understandings and traditional teachings in enhancing our Restorative Justice approaches to repairing the harm of criminal offences.
RYJ offers a series of recidivism prevention capacity-building programs, cultural workshops, mediation, mentorship, leadership, teachings circles and counselling sessions, addiction referrals to aid in the healing and reparation of harm. Our end goal with these services is to prevent recidivism and to help those in conflict with the law make positive choices and find a healthy path in life.
MAIN FOCUS OF RYJ:
- Prevention and diversion activities at entry stages to the youth criminal justice system.
- Provide culturally based restorative justice practices for those in conflict with the law, support for those harmed and promotion of reconciliation with the goal of restoring balance and safety to our communities.
- Develop effective rehabilitation programs and offer services that are culturally specific
- Develop strategies to address specific offending behavior among youth and reasons for entering the criminal justice system.
- Strengthen networking and partnership.
- Better partnership work amongst police justice system and ethno-cultural organizations to address crime, systematic racism, reducing re-offending and providing diversion program which is culturally appropriate.
- Help parents understand the preventive measures to prevent youth crimes and understand their rights and responsibilities in the youth criminal justice system.