the RESTORE Program
In the RESTORE Program, VORP uses restorative justice programming as a tool to reduce recidivism among youth that have received tickets for shoplifting, petty theft, or drug/alcohol tickets. RESTORE consists of Orientation, a Victim Impact Panel, a Restorative Justice Conference (Session 1) and a Final Meeting (Session 2) for a total of 8 contact hours. Parents or supportive adults attend all programing with the youth.
Participants: Youth & 1 or 2 supportive adults.
Time: 3rd Saturday each month @ 8:30 am (Orientation held Tuesday @ 5:30pm before Session 1)
Location: 430 W 9th Av, Denver CO 80204 – through the green door in the back.
Updates: Monthly, including a Program Summary Report upon completion
Youth make ammends for the harm they have caused to themselves, the store, the community and their families by building on their skills and interests.
The following projects illustrate how a restorative approach creates personal growth and transforms communities through their powerful experiences.
"You stole from your own peers/ Now all you can do is watch real true friends walk right pass./ You see how the environment around you changed all because you stole."
RESTORE--Victim Spoken Word
not one to be made lightly
we tend not to dwell much before,
a sneaky hand takes a seaminmly tactful walk
removing a necklace, a bracelet, a lipstick
from its shelf
to be placed safely in a brimming pocket
the misplaced blame put on store clerks
the new expense that the store didn't anticipate
the suited businessman that solemnly cross out
addresses as their stores close
one after another
consequences that lost teenagers don't spend
their seconds considering
the moment when our guilty postures
and bulging handbages brings
a saddened manager to our shoulders
"Can you come with me for a second?"
a wave of red shame passing through our eyes
we rush to emty our pockets
and dial disappointed parents' numbers
"The cop needs to talk to you."
Sitting, our hopes being dashed by pointless
"What ifs?" and then
tears pouring down glossy eyes
as shaking muscles let you know that the shock
is finally wearing off
and this is real
you can't snap back into your reality because this is it
you pretending that your decisions don't have
is hurting people
and you finally got caught
after hours pass and you've haf-convinced yoursel f
that you are actually in hell
you're pushed into a hurricane of applications,
indentification, court dates, and possible
you're finally home and with your thoughts alone
with your choices
weeks pass and you lie awake, for
the next morning you rise early
dressed in button down tops and black trousers
a long ride
and the first time seeing your friend
is in the courtroom
your mind adrift with fines and community service
they call your name adn offer you
a golden deal, diversion, no record, no fines,
you rush to accept
and from there, tests and questions,
and a program
repari the damage, classes, volunteers, healthy
a new chance never tasted so good
you can prove to yourself that
is no longer a nickname you deserve
you can rebuild your life
and you can make amends
it isn't punishment
it shows you the way to saying
and meaning it
I am sorry.