Register to Volunteer as a Restorative Facilitator

Could you imagine interviewing and then convening a meeting to address harm between people involved in a serious incident or crime?

Please tell us about yourself and why you might want to facilitate restorative justice processes as a volunteer with Advoz.

  • Please write the organizations you are currently involved with in CAPS
  • If yes, please talk with us. In most cases, it will not eliminate you from becoming a volunteer.
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Upon completion of the Advoz Restorative Conferencing training, volunteers are expected to meet the following criteria. Inability to meet these criteria may result in additional training and/or mentoring prior to individual case assignments. A signed copy acknowledging these expectations will be reviewed with each volunteer and maintained in their volunteer file.

  • Fair toward all parties involved in the Restorative Conferencing process
  • Friendly, establishes rapport and puts people at ease
  • Able to verbalize thoughts and the Restorative Conferencing process clearly
  • Flexible, patient, able to tolerate delay and maintain perseverance to follow through on a case
  • Able to listen actively to both sides of a crime experience
  • One who deals with and explores confusing and sometimes contradictory factual and emotional information, assisting all parties in finding a constructive resolution to crime
  • Able to put aside personal judgments about others’ actions and reactions
  • Accepting of others who are different than him/her and make different life choices
  • Committed to restorative justice and the victim-offender process as outlined in the Restorative Conferencing Facilitator Training/Manual

Upon completion of Restorative Conferencing Facilitator Training, Facilitators are responsible for:

  • Meeting with the victim and offender to explain Restorative Conferencing and to invite them to voluntarily attend a Conference
  • Arranging and leading the Conference, assuring physical and emotional safety of all parties
  • Arranging and leading a follow-up meeting if necessary.
  • Returning all case material to the Advoz office immediately following the Conference

Additionally, Advoz expects all Restorative Conferencing Volunteers to:

  • Be responsible for case assignments and communication with the Program Coordinator
  • Receiving cases. On average, one case takes approximately 3- 4 hours over 3-6 weeks. Meetings are conducted at a time that is convenient for all the parties involved, with most meetings occurring after school/business hours as well as on weekends.
  • Keeping the Case Manager updated on the status of a case no less frequent than 7-10 days
  • Asking the Case Manager to make any necessary connections with Juvenile Probation or other referral sources
  • Each Restorative Conferencing Facilitator commits to working with a minimum of 6 cases per year.
  • Additional cases are available should the Facilitator so desire.

To discuss being an Advoz volunteer please contact Mila at mila@advoz.org