Restorative Justice – Turning Hope Into Action

By Bernie Van Roekel

I am privileged to have the opportunity to participate in a youth justice planning committee that is coordinating a “Restorative Justice” special event in Central Iowa.  The concept of Restorative Justice (RJ) emphasizes restoring the harm caused by criminal behavior and involves all stakeholders in the crime.  There are numerous illustrations where RJ has transformed the lives of people involved with the RJ process.  Howard Zehr, recognized as the “Grandfather of Restorative Justice,” will be the keynote speaker at this Restorative Justice Conference.  Applications of the RJ concepts in schools, community, and correctional/criminal justice settings will be addressed at this conference.  I encourage anyone who is interested in youth and/or the concept of Restorative Justice to seriously consider participating in this opportunity.

This workshop, Restorative Justice: Turning Hope Into Action be held on Friday, March 7, 2008 at the Polk County Convention Complex in Des Moines, IA.  Learn more about this excellent training opportuning – to download the workshop flyer just click the link below.

Restorative Justice: Turning Hope Into Action Flyer

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Bernie Van Roekel is the Executive Director for Serve Our Youth Network.  He joined SOY’s staff in 2005, and has worked with young people as a teacher, coach and school administrator for over 34 years.

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1 Response to “Restorative Justice – Turning Hope Into Action”


  1. 1 Shane Vander Hart December 17, 2007 at 6:08 pm

    This looks like it will be an excellent training!


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