Joliet Township High School Problem Solving Volunteers Needed

Joliet Township High School is looking for volunteers for the Restorative Practices Problem Solving Circle Program.

What is the Problem Solving Circle Program?
The Problem Solving Circle Program supports students placed on Behavioral Warning for actions that may result in expulsion. Through this program, students can get off the Behavioral Warning List by participating in a Restorative Practices Problem Solving Circle for several consecutive weeks. The program is designed to address the root cause of the student’s actions; thus preventing the actions from being repeated.

What are the tasks of the problem-solving circle volunteer?
The Restorative Practices Problem Solving Circle Program is based on the understanding that relationships are at the core of what it means to be human. The healthier the relationships, the stronger we are, both individually and as a community. That’s why we need community volunteers! The role of the volunteer is to participate in a circle with a certified problem-solving circle facilitator; the student whose behavior led to the behavior warning; their parent(s) or guardian(s); and an invited guest of the student, such as a teacher, minister, aunt or uncle. During the circle, the facilitator leads a conversation in which the cause of the behavior is addressed. Having an impartial and supportive volunteer from our community provides comfort to all participants and is an important part of restorative practice.

How do I become a volunteer?
The volunteer training is scheduled for May 25 from 8:30 PM to 3:30 PM at the JTHS Administrative Center, 300 Caterpillar Drive in Joliet. Breakfast and lunch are provided. Contact Greg Thompson at [email protected] or (815) 727-6946 to sign up as a volunteer.

View the Problem Solving Circle brochure (English) or the Problem Solving Circle Volunteer (Spanish) for additional information about the program.

The Restorative Practices Problem Solving Circle Program is an extension of the Joliet Region Interfaith Education Council (JRIEC), now known as the Joliet Region Education Community Connectors. JRECC is a group of community and faith-based leaders who meet quarterly with administration to share communications and support JTHS students and families.

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