Volunteer with Advoz

Become a trained Mediator or Facilitator for Restorative Justice

Empower others to resolve disputes and repair harm as an Advoz volunteer! 

    Become an Advoz Volunteer

    Advoz’s success turning conflict into conversation depends on the unique talents, experience and time investments of people like you.

    Our mediators and facilitators are highly trained volunteers, and we welcome your interest, skills and experience, both personal and professional, contributing to Advoz’s work by:

      • Mediating family, neighbor, business and other disputes,
      • Facilitating restorative dialogue with young people who’ve caused harm and those who’ve been harmed,
      • Organizing Advoz community outreach, events and trainings,
      • Helping to coordinate requests for service.

      Get Training and Orientation

      Take the first step with an introductory training in Conflict, Communication & Culture to familiarize yourself with these relationship-building methods.

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        When you volunteer with Advoz, you are part of a team turning conflict into conversation in Lancaster County and beyond.

        Newly trained mediators and trainers from a recent Advoz mediation training

        Steps to Become an Advoz Trained Facilitator

        Once you go through our Advoz training, you can apply to become a facilitator. Here are the steps to becoming a facilitator below:

        1. Learn

        Learn skills in Conflict, Communication and Culture

        2. Apply

        Complete an Advoz application and submit background checks.

        3. Specialize

        Train in Specific Methods: Mediation, Restorative Justice, Group Facilitation (Circle Process)

        4. Practice

        Practice as Observer / Co-mediator

        5. Facilitate

        Facilitate 1-2 a Month and complete 10 Hours of Continuing Learning Each Year

        6. Lead

        Lead Co-mediation with Newer Mediator and Provide Feedback

        Apply to Facilitate

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          Want to help Advoz expand mediation and restorative practices in our communities but not mediate? 

          Background Checks

          When you’ve completed the application and had confirmation from staff to proceed, complete the ethics/confidentiality statement and two background checks.

          Advoz expects all volunteers to adhere to a code of ethics and confidentiality and submit two background checks every three years: 1) a criminal background check and 2) child abuse clearance. Please note that a criminal record is reviewed on a case-by-case basis and does not necessarily disqualify an applicant from applying. Here are the steps:

          Fill out, sign, and send this ETHICS & CONFIDENTIALITY STATEMENT click here (pdf) and send to Office@advoz.org or 8 N. Queen St., #210, Lancaster, PA 17603.

          BACKGROUND CHECKS: the following background checks are required for Advoz staff and volunteers: 1) criminal background check and 2) child abuse clearance. Both can be filled out online using the links below. If you prefer to print and return them, please contact office@advoz.org for assistance.


          Fill out a criminal background check:

          If you have lived in Pennsylvania for the past 10+ years, fill out a PA STATE CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK by clicking here.


              • Click <NEW RECORD CHECK> for Volunteers Only
              • You will be taken to a page of information. At the bottom, check the box and “accept.” Follow instructions from there.
              • Click on “Certification Form” which will generate a document.
              • Should the Status show “Pending,” there may be a backlog requiring you to check back at a later time. A request should not remain in pending status for more than 24 hours. If it does, call the PATCH Help Line at 1-888-783-7972.

          If you have lived outside of Pennsylvania in the last 10 years, register for an FBI background check appointment, including fingerprinting, at www.Identogo.com or call 1-844-321-2101 and listen to the options menu.

              • Cost is $23.85 for Advoz Employees (Service code 1KG756) and $22.60 for Volunteers (Service code 1KG6ZJ).
              • See FBI Fingerprinting (pa.gov) for more information.
              • A prior clearance is acceptable dated in the last three years.

          CHILD ABUSE CLEARANCES can be filled out here.

            • Under Online Submission, click the embedded link
            • If you have already completed this, click in the Child Welfare Portal, if not, select CREATE INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNT
            • You will be prompted to create a unique username (“Keystone ID”).  Fill out all fields.

          Save and send completed forms either via Email as a PDF document to Office@advoz.org, or print/mail to 8 N. Queen St., #210, Lancaster, PA 17603. Feel free to contact us at Office@advoz.org or (717) 397-2404 with any questions. We can send additional instructions.

          Intern at Advoz

          Interns are an integral part of our work

          As an intern, you see behind the scenes of a unique set of programs while gaining organizational skills in a small, energetic staff team with other volunteers. For maximum benefit to you and the organization, we encourage for-credit internships of 4-9 months at 10-15 hours per week (unpaid), but other arrangements are not unusual. The most common internships are:

          • Program Operations, learning to coordinate and facilitate conflict resolution and restorative justice situations as part of a staff and volunteer team.
          • Communications and Outreach, learning to tell the stories of our transformative programs to the wider community unfamiliar with power of mediation and restorative justice.

          You can make a difference in Lancaster County and beyond.

          By training with Advoz, volunteering your skills, becoming a facilitator or interning, you are building peace and justice for yourself and the communities around us.

          Become a part of transforming conflict into conversation through mediation & restorative justice!