Along with hundreds of satisfied youth clients, family members, victims, and community members…We can also proudly display our success. Data collected during the “After Care Program” (follow-up at six months and one year), allows us to confidently state that 92 – 100% of the youth who complete our Pre-Charge Diversion Program are SUCCESSFUL following their time at Restorative Justice Chatham-Kent. These youth are often excelling in all areas of their life – finishing up their high school career, beginning college, and enjoying part-time jobs. The low rate of recidivism (relapse into criminal or delinquent behaviour), and the encouraging feedback from past clients shows just how impactful our services are for the youth of Chatham-Kent.

I feel like a more positive person.

Youth

This young lady was most remorseful about what happened and received great support from the office staff. In this case RJCK worked at its best!

Community Volunteer

Definitely worth going through the program with a positive mindset – staff are awesome and I enjoyed it.

Youth

It was a good experience and I learned a lot.

Youth

The (Positive Strides) program has been invaluable for my student. He smiles more and has begun to develop a ‘toolbox’ to deal with his emotions and issues. I am very appreciative of the help he is getting and am confident it will have a lasting impact.

Principal/Teacher

I am very grateful that you took the time to help my granddaughter. I thank you with all my heart.

Guardian

I truly regret what I have done.

Youth

I want to say I am grateful for this program.

Youth

Kate (Program Coordinator) and Cecily (Executive Director) have an excellent rapport with young people.

Community Volunteer

At first I thought this was going to be all serious and scary, shaming me for what I’ve done, but that is not the case.

Youth

Thank you very much for allowing us the opportunity [of a Restorative Justice Conference] – it has made an impact on all of us. This program is great for the youth in our community…

Parent

The student has a more positive outlook now in school [after participation in Positive Strides Programs]…he is calm and more in control of his emotions and recognizes when he is in the wrong – a huge step forward.

Teacher

I feel very light now…because this whole group talk [Restorative Justice Conference] was amazing and it really hit me right in the heart…I just wanted to thank you for EVERYTHING.

Youth

I realize how lucky we are to have the Restorative Justice program available to us. I could have lost my entire future, over a really dumb decision. It wouldn’t have been worth it. Nothing is worth losing everything I’ve worked for, or the pain I’ve caused myself, and those around me.

Youth

Doing this program I learned to deal with my anger in different ways and that violence isn’t the answer.

Youth

I learned a lot from my sessions with Kate (Program Coordinator).

Youth

I hope that others who get in trouble will get referred to this program.

Youth

Both Cecily and Jen (Program Coordinator) did an excellent job facilitating this conference. I was impressed with Cecily’s confidence and with Jen’s ability to connect with the families.

Community Volunteer