Restorative Justice Program Awarded $244,000 Grant

Apr 23, 2024 | Funding, News, Restorative Justice

Juvenile Justice State Advisory Group Awards Multi-Year Grant to Consensus Council

The Restorative Justice (RJ) program at Consensus Council has had an exciting year so far, and we are thrilled to tell you all about it!

Two young women sit together and talk.

The North Dakota Juvenile Justice State Advisory Group (SAG) is a governor-appointed board responsible for ensuring the state is aligned with federal rules for juvenile justice systems and for supporting the expansion of community-based alternatives to juvenile court. In October 2023, SAG awarded just over $244,000 to Consensus Council in a multi-year grant to make RJ services accessible to partnered school districts and Human Service Zones.

Consensus Council is working closely with Bismarck Public Schools, West Fargo Public Schools, and Devils Lake Public Schools to help students both build and repair relationships affected by harm, minimizing reliance on exclusionary disciplinary practices and/or justice system involvement.  This summer, we will begin our partnerships with identified Human Service Zones, specifically focusing efforts on youth identified as children in need of services (CHINS).  SAG funding will be used to fund staff time and travel to support these efforts.

We are so grateful for SAG’s commitment to improving outcomes for youth in our state, and we are proud to be selected as a partner in this work!

We are also happy to announce Sandra Banezerwe was hired in March 2024 to serve as our agency’s first Restorative Practices Specialist.

Thanks to support from SAG and a partnership with Bismarck Public Schools, Sandra provides full-time onsite Restorative Conferencing and facilitates a variety of Talking Circles, both of which build healthier and safer school communities.  Sandra’s full bio (as well as the rest of our staff) can be found here.

Welcome, Sandra!

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