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Shirene Thomas is attending Kendra Scott's event

2014 IBARJ Summer Retreat at Sally's house in the country

July 31, 2014 from 9am to 3pm
"What's Working" with Restorative Practices in ILJoin us for our annual statewide gathering to meet restorative justice advocates from both schools & communities and discuss what is happening in your area!What to Bring?Lawn chairs & something for the potluck.We are providing pulled chicken and pork bbq sandwiches, extra buns for other kinds of sandwiches, and bottled water. We will also provide plates, forks, spoon, napkins, cups & etc. Please RSVP to for directions. See More
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School discipline Workshop at Loyola University Chicago School of Law

August 6, 2014 from 8am to 3:30pm
 Loyola University Chicago's Education Law and Policy Institute,             School of Education, and the Illinois State Board of EducationpresentSchool Discipline Workshop:Best Practices in Addressing Student Behaviors While Keeping Schools SafeThis seminar for school administrators will address the research, application and implementation of best practices in school discipline. The state and federal legal requirements relating to school discipline will be covered, as well as the research…See More
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Youth Summit

In partnership with the Lynwood community and Sandridge School sd172, Sistahs S.T.R.O.N.G. mentoring organization is co-hosting a Youth Summit on Saturday, March 8, 2014 9:00a - 3:00p at the school 2950 Glenwood-Dyer Road, Lynwood, IL.  All are invited and welcome to attend.  If you are available and would like to lend your skills to contribute to the success of our youth, please feel free to contact me 708 895-5929.

All youth, youth groups and organizations are invited.  RSVP to…


Posted by Brenda Boyd on February 16, 2014 at 10:03am

The Light!

      Graduation Season!! A time of great joy and celebration. It is a time to reflect on the long journey it took to attain that goal and to thank the people who helped you along that journey.  This journey toward graduation is a lot like the journey graduates will face when they embark on their next chapters in their own lives.  What brings me to ponder this is something I read recently.  Our first Lady Michele Obama in a commencement address at the University of Maryland shared a quote…


Posted by Robert Spicer on May 21, 2013 at 9:27pm

Read the IBARJ Newsletter online here!

If you're on our listserv, you already know that IBARJ has a new e-newsletter, full of current news and resources on RJ in Illinois and beyond. (If you're not on our listserv, email to sign up and get our newsletters in your inbox!) We're working on getting an archive of our newsletters on our website, but until then, we'll list them here for anyone who hasn't yet seen them or wants to read them all at once.

We've sent out two issue of our newsletter so far,…


Posted by Leigh Courtney on April 1, 2013 at 10:25am

First Newsletter from IBARJ focused on restorative practices in schools- check it out!

For years, we at the Illinois BARJ Project have been sharing news and resources on restorative justice with our ever-growing online network of RJ practitioners, advocates, and enthusiasts.  Our email listserv of over 500 members (woohoo!) has seen a constant flow of information that has helped IBARJ members stay up-to-date on RJ happenings in Illinois and beyond.

Now, we're looking for ways to make that information more organized and more…


Posted by Sara Balgoyen on February 22, 2013 at 3:46pm


What do you think of "sentencing" youth to read? 1 Reply

Most of our FORUM discussions are things we all agree on or announcements. Here is something to read and think about. Do you agree? What are your thoughts about this, and how does it relate to our…Continue

Tags: reading, sentencing

Started by Sally Wolf in Something to think about!. Last reply by Mary Therese Fazzini Sep 12, 2011.

Judge Irene Sullivan On Learning a Lesson in Restorative Justice From Teenagers

In mid-May I traveled from my home in Florida to Evanston Township High School, just north of Chicago, to meet with students, school social workers and law enforcement officials. My intention was to…Continue

Started by Sally Wolf in What's Happening? Jun 4, 2011.

RJ and Juvenile Probation in Illinois

I would like to find out who and what programs are using restorative practices with juveniles on probation in Illinois, particularly high risk youth.Thanks-Continue

Started by Lois Foster in What's Happening? Dec 8, 2010.

Great Press for Peoria's Community Peace Conferencing Initiative!

County's program diverts some juvenile offendersChicago Daily Law BulletinOctober 18, 2010http://www.chicagolawbulletin.comBy Bethany KrajelisLaw…Continue

Started by Sara Balgoyen in What's Happening? Nov 4, 2010.





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