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Volunteer with LCJP

Volunteers are the heart of our organization. Longmont Community Justice Partnership operates with a strong organizational commitment to and value for our volunteers. 

We provide: enthusiastic recruitment, excellent training, superior support, and consistent coaching and appreciation. Our staff is here to serve our volunteers so that they may provide exceptional service to our clients. There are several different ways to volunteer with Longmont Community Justice Partnership . There are many ways to help and your time and talents are likely to find a home with us.

Please begin by completing these two steps:

1. Complete the Volunteer Application, indicating there areas you'd like to be involved, and we will make every effort to invite your participation in those areas.

2. Join us for a Restorative Practices Orientation and Community Member Training. These two evening trainings are required for all volunteers. The upcoming trainings are listed here:

LCJP Resorative Practices Orientation 
 Location: Longmont Community Justice Partnership 
2 Apr 2015
06:00 pm - 08:00 pm
CGC Community Member Training 
7 Apr 2015
06:00 pm - 08:00 pm
LCJP Resorative Practices Orientation 
 Location: Longmont Community Justice Partnership 
5 May 2015
06:00 pm - 08:00 pm
CGC Community Member Training 
7 May 2015
06:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Please read on for a more comprehensive description of our Training Options and Volunteer Program.

The Restorative Practices Orientation is offered approximately once a month to individuals falling into the following 3 categories:

A) Non-Volunteer Restorative Practices Students

B) LCJP Volunteer Restorative Practices Students

C) LCJP Volunteer – Support

This orientation is a prerequisite for attending all other Restorative Practice Institute trainings and for volunteering with LCJP.

The following subjects are covered during the Restorative Practices Orientation:

  • ·        Restorative Practices v.s. Restorative Justice
  • ·        Overview of LCJP Programs and a history of the organization
  • ·        Overview of  LCJP Path of the Restorative Practitioner (Institute-Lab-Consulting)
  • ·        Instruction on how to make affective statements
  • ·        Instruction on how to ask affective questions
  • ·        Modeling of a Restorative Circle
  • ·        Observation and discussion of a RJ Community Group Conference
  • ·        How to register for upcoming training and processes using volunteer matters volunteer database.


Overview of Training and Participation Options

Option A: Non-Volunteer Restorative Practices Student

You are an individual personally interested in developing your own restorative practice or a representative of an outside organization such as a school or police department who is interested in integrating restorative practices into your community or developing a restorative justice program. You are willing to pay the fee associated with the training. 

NOTE: All St. Vrain Vally School district employees are able to attend classes offered by the LCJP Institute free of charge due to grant funding.   

Action Steps:  

  • Register for Restorative Practices/Volunteer Orientation (See Class List Above)
  • Meet prerequisites and register for additional classes offered by Institut
  • Implement RP skills and processes in your context (i.e. school, family, office, organization) for approximately 3 plus months
  • Invite other team member and stakeholders to attend Institute classes with you
  • (Optional/Suggested)   Request LCJP Restorative Practices consulting session with team to look at ways to deepen restorative practices in your community.  (See Consulting Description below)

NOTE: We have found that the most effective way to build skill as a restorative practitioner is to sit in process with experience practitioners. If your are interested in deepening your skill set, please consider Option B (listed below)


Option B: Role LCJP Volunteer - Restorative Practices Student

You are interested in developing your own restorative practice and are willing to volunteer with LCJP as a Restorative Justice Community Group Conference Lead Facilitator for a minimum of one year in exchange for the opportunity to attend the Restorative Practices Institute and participate in the Restorative Practices Lab.  You are committed to developing your ability to use restorative practices skills and techniques to build, maintain, and repair relationship in your community

Action Steps: 

  • Review and commit LCJP Volunteer- Restorative Practices Requirements

1.     Participate in a minimum of 2 peer-to-peer debriefs/year

2.     Participate in advanced facilitator training once per year

3.     Participate in Program Specific (CRJ) facilitator training once per year

4.     Complete all RJ Education Series trainings within 2 years of today’s date

5.     Participate in facilitator training once every 2 years

6.     Participate in regular review and assessment by LCJP staff

  • Register and attend Restorative Practices Orientation
  • Register and attend Community Member Training
  • Complete LCJP Volunteer Application
  • Pass background check facilitated by Longmont Police Department
  • Complete LCJP Volunteer -  Restorative Practices Student Application
  • Receive invitation for phone interview  and participate in interview with Training and Volunteer Program Manager
  • Log in and update personal information in Volunteer Matters web based volunteer management software.
  • Participate in 3 community member roles scheduled by CRJ Case coordinator via phone within one month of completing community member training.  (NOTE: These 3 experiences in processes act as a working interview.  Based on the performance of the student and the need of the program, LCJP will invite participants to continue training as a facilitator.)
  • Attend on one Facilitator Training session with LCJP Trainer (1.5 Hrs)
  • Participate in 2 cases as a co-facilitator with guidance from experienced facilitator mentor.
  • Complete Facilitator Self-Evaluation after each case, submit via email,  and review with CRJ Staff member.
  • Participate in 3rd process as a Lead Facilitator. Manage all logistics associated with process.
  • Register for and attend one of the next two available CGC Facilitator Trainings offered by the LCJP RP Institute.
  • Complete all additional Restorative Practice Student Requirements listed above within 2 years of RP Orientation date.

Option C: LCJP Volunteer – Support

You fully support the mission of LCJP and want to support the use of restorative practices to assist individuals and organizations in creating a restorative community by building, maintaining, repairing relationships.   You may, but are not required to,  be a Restorative Practices Student.  Service opportunities  may include, but are not limited to the following: Office work, Marketing, Events Organization, Education, School Team Support, House Maintenance, Computer Support, Translation, Interpretation, Food Prep, and Special Projects. 

Action Steps:

1.     Register and attend Restorative Practices/Volunteer Orientation ( See Class List Below)

2.     Complete LCJP Volunteer Application

3.     Pass background check facilitated by Longmont Police Department

4.     Receive invitation for phone interview with Training and Volunteer Program Manager

5.     Volunteers accepted into this support role will be assigned to LCJP Staff members for project oversight based on the nature of the project.


Overview of the LCJP Restorative Practices Training and Implementation Method: Institute-Lab-Consulting

LCJP Restorative Practices Institute


Those Restorative Practices Students who attend the RP Institute are required to attend all core classes within two years of completing their orientation. The classes are structured to be taken in the order listed below.  Prerequisites must be met before attending each class.  Optional Classes may be attended by those who meet the prerequisites.  Suggested classes are trainings or experienced by outside organizations that compliment a individuals restorative practice. Suggested Reading outlines books that would assist in building the restorative practitioner skill set.


Core Classes– Required to complete the Path of the Restorative Practitioner
1.Restorative Practices Orientation  (2 Hrs)
2.Restorative Conversations and Contracts for resolving 1 on 1 conflict (2 Hrs)
           Prerequisite: Restorative Practices Orientation
3.Restorative Circles for:
           a. Relationship building
           b. Skill building
           c. Structuring difficult group conversations
           Prerequisite: Restorative Practices Orientation
4.Community Member Training for Community Group Conferencing (2 Hrs)
           Prerequisite:  Restorative Practices Orientation
5.Facilitator Training for Community Group Conferencing (2 Days- 16hrs)
           Prerequisites: Restorative Practices Orientation, 
Community Member Training

6. Program Specific Facilitator Training ( 2Hrs)
           Prerequisites: Restorative Practices Orientation, Community Member Training, Facilitator Training for 
Community Group Conferencing                              

7. Advanced Facilitator Training (1 Day – 8 Hrs.)
           Prerequisites: Restorative Practices Orientation, Community Member Training,
 Facilitator Training for Community Group Conferencing, Sitting in one Community Group Conference as a co-facilitator


Optional Classes- attended based on the interest and skill set of the practitioner

Interpreter Training  (2 Hrs.)

       Prerequisite:  Restorative Practices Orientation, Sitting in one process as a community member

 Surrogate Victim Training (2 Hrs.)

       Prerequisite:  Restorative Practices Orientation, Sitting in one process as a community member

Suggested Classes – Deepen restorative practice skill set. Offered by outside organizations

Suggested Reading

  • ·        The Restorative Practices Handbook – Bob Costello, Joshua Wachtel, and Ted Wachtel
  • ·        Restorative Circles in Schools - Bob Costello, Joshua Wachtel, and Ted Wachtel
  • ·        Family Power -  Elizabeth Smull, Joshua Wachtel and Ted Wachtel
  • ·        The Little Book of Restorative Justice  - Howard Zehr
  • ·        Teaching Peace :  A Restorative Justice Framework for Strengthening Relationships – Beverly Title
  • ·        Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life – Marshall B. Rosenberg

LCJP Restorative Practices Lab


LCJP Volunteer –Restorative Practice Students make a commitment to participate in a year commitment to facilitate Community Group Conferences referred by the police, the schools, and the district Attorney’s office.   Through the Restorative Practices Lab approach, students will have the opportunity to sit in Community Group Conferences with experienced facilitator mentors.  The Lab experience includes self-evaluation, feedback from mentors, and debriefing of processes.  It is through the regular use of the RP skills in managing real life cases involving criminal charges that that restorative practice skills are honed and developed.


LCJP Restorative Practices Consulting


LCJP has a consulting team which specializes in working with groups and individuals interested in establishing restorative practices into their community.  We have 20 years of putting together trainings and content on how to teach restorative practices to groups ranging from school to judicial districts.  We believe each person is an expert on the context they work in. Teachers understand the dynamics of a classroom.  Police officers know what it takes to work with citizens on the streets. Business owners understand the challenges of working with employees.  Restorative practices can be applied to all of these environments.  We suggest you take the following steps before contracting with LCJP to come to your community.

Action Steps:

      1)      Register and attend Restorative Practices Orientation ( 2 Hrs) (Class schedule above)

      2)      Attempt to get stakeholders from different positions in your organization to attend with you

a.      Exp 1 - Student, Teacher, Principal, Superintendent

b.      Exp 2 – Client, Clerk, Lawyer, Judge

c.      Exp 3 – Customer, Administrative Assistant, Manager, Owner

      3)      Return to your community and practice using affective statements and affective open ended questions in your daily life.  

      4)      Meet to discuss how this is working with fellow teammates.

      5)      Attend Restorative Circle Training

      6)      Utilize Restorative Circle in place of work to build relationship and discuss challenges. 

      7)      Attend Restorative Conversation Training

      8)      As you begin to utilize restorative practices in your community, consider bringing the LCJP Restorative Practices Consulting team to help expand your program.


                     “In order to reduce crime and empower community leadership, LCJP cultivates a safe and caring community through restorative practices by bringing together those involved in conflict to be heard.”



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Longmont Community Justice Partnership

333 Terry St. Longmont, CO 80501

Office: 303.776.1527

Fax: 303.772.7446