conflict resolution • Training and Technical Assistance • Mediation • Restorative Justice
Alternatives, Inc. partners with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to provide restorative justice training, technical support, and youth programming to schools across the city. A restorative justice approach to school discipline allows the student, those affected by the student's actions, and members of the school community to discuss what happened, build accountability, and find solutions. The goal is not to punish the student, but to address the harm caused by the student's action and how it affected others in a non-judgmental way. Student Peace Ambassadors guide the interactions, including restorative conversations, peer conferences, and talking circles.
Alternatives staff provide school-based services one to four days a week, on a temporary or ongoing basis. Trainings are provided at schools in Chicago and other communities. For more information about Alternatives Restorative Justice, call (773) 506-7474 x230 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
-Services are free to students and staff at participating schools.
-Schools outside the Chicago Public Schools system may arrange training for a fee. Call 773-506-7474 x230 to inquire.
How to Apply
Students at participating Chicago Public Schools can request services from their school counselor or simply walk in to the "peace room" during school hours.
Students at non-participating schools may receive services by referral only. Referrals are generally made by the juvenile justice system.
Training for staff and students is available through Chicago Public Schools, or by special arrangement. Contact the director at (773) 506-7474 for more information. Inquire about the availability of training and services for community members .