It takes a Village to Raise a child.
It's a phrase that has been used in many communities and has been the motto for the Fort Saskatchewan Families First Society. It's also the approach being taken to help Youth that have made wrong choices and are on a path to a destructive future.
A new initiative with the Fort Saskatchewan Boys and Girls Club and Restorative Practices was launched during Pink Shirt Day to help curb bullying in the community. Program Coordinator, Don Lehman, explains the background on Restorative Practices.
The program is geared to not focusing on punishment but rather educating and providing the resources to help individuals resolve a conflict to make the community whole again. This is done by having a Community Conference, with the community being a school, business or people involved in a conflict.
Lehman explains how the Community Conference works.
The Fort Saskatchewan Boys and Girls Club have helped with the volunteer Facilitators of the program and have acted as the starting point for individuals facing a conflict. Lisa Berry, Youth and Family Support worker with the Boys and Girls Club, shares how the organization helps in the process.
Berry stated it can be hard to speak up when there is a conflict but through understanding and empathy, a conflict can be resolved. Youth and residents can contact Berry if there is a community issue at 780-992-0103 ext. 25.
To learn more about Restorative Practices visit www.restorefortsask.ca