Restorative Justice School Outreach Program
The Be Strong program brings restorative justice practices to children and staff in the schools and youth centres of Lanark County. This initiative focuses on developing self-esteem and resiliency among youth, which leads to social and emotional literacy and inclusiveness.
Launched from an initial 2-year $20,000 seed funding grant provided by United Way Lanark County, Lanark County Community Justice (LCCJP) was successful in securing $15,000 from the Law Foundation of Ontario, and a $318,000 Ontario Trillium Foundation Grow grant.
At the program’s launch in February 2016, Chair of the United Way Lanark County, Helen McIntosh said, “This is an excellent example of how a United Way Collective Impact Grant is having a real impact on our community. We are pleased to see the way LCCJP is working with other community partners to bring this important project to our community.” Murray Long, Board Chair of LCCJP added, “Thanks to the $353,000 in grant funding from these three funders, LCCJP will be able to impact 13,120 youth in Lanark County and the Town of Smiths Falls over the next three years. We are excited to be able to build our capacity and have such a valuable impact on our community.”