Juvenile Peace Circles

juvenilecirclesJuvenile Peace Circles are based on restorative justice principles used in school systems today. The origination of Peace Circles is based on traditions from first nations and aboriginal cultures. The circle process brings people together to better understand each other, build and strengthen relationships, and solve problems as they share stories. The Circle environment is a non-hierarchical setting where everyone is safe to express their point of view with the use of a talking piece. Many people find that the deep listening and ability to speak without interruption brings healing, understanding and transformation.

The Principles are:

  • Participation is voluntary (preferred for best results)
  • Respect for everyone involved
  • Everyone has an equal voice
  • Focus on the harms, needs, and causes
  • Decisions are made through consensus

The guiding Values are:

  • Respect
  • Non-judgment
  • Honesty
  • Accountability
  • Confidentiality
  • Trust
  • Encouragement
  • Vulnerability
  • Empathy
  • Listening

The Benefits are:

  • Reduction in disciplinary issues
  • Repair harm
  • Effective conflict resolution
  • Experience, manage and express emotions
  • Improve empathy
  • Build confidence and self-esteem
  • Cultivate positive and healthy relationships
  • Improve culture and climate