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Empathatic New York Sleepaway Camp

Restorative Justice at Camp



Restorative Justice is a different way of seeing conflict and harm. The goal is to heal harm, mitigate future harm, and build community. It starts with the belief that conversation is the root of change and understanding.

Restorative Justice invites everyone impacted by a conflict and/or crime to develop a shared understanding of both the root causes and the effects. Restorative Justice seeks to address the needs of those who have been harmed, while encouraging those who have caused harm to take responsibility.

- Restorative Justice Initiative




What are Restorative Practices?

“Restorative practices are an emerging social science that studies how to strengthen relationships between individuals as well as social connections within communities.”

- International Institute for Restorative Practices

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What are Circles at Camp?

Circles are a basic conversation tool that can be applied to any situation. The goal of a circle is to help participants or group members understand each others perspectives or experiences. Circles can help build empathy, solve problems, facilitate brainstorming, heal harm, welcome new people, celebrate victories and build community.

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