CJP Volunteer Program FAQ’s

 

Community Justice & Peacebuilding Program

Volunteers are the heart of our program, we hope to have a diverse group of community members trained in conflict resolution skills to promote the peaceful resolution of conflict before it escalates in their communities.The CJP program values volunteers with a variety of backgrounds, life experiences, and perspectives. We look for our applicants to have sincere commitment towards self-growth and serving the local communities for years to come. 

Program FAQ’s

What if I am not available for some of the training? 

While we understand that people have busy lives, this is a unique experience and selective opportunity to become a volunteer community peacebuilder; mediator or restorative justice facilitator. We will only accept those volunteers that can attend the full training and commit to participating.

Do I need to take the mediation training if I have already had basic or advanced mediation training?

If you have an active general district court certification from the Supreme Court of Virginia you do not need to take the training. You are still required to file an application then pass a criminal records check and a child protection services check. You will be required to adhere to PDRC’s mediation guidelines.

Do I need to take the restorative justice training if I have already had basic or advanced restorative justice training?

If you have completed restorative justice training in the last three years you are not required to take the training. You are still required to file an application then pass a criminal records check and a child protection services check. You will be required to adhere to PDRC’s restorative justice facilitation guidelines.

I am interested in the volunteer Mediator and Restorative Justice Facilitator trainings, may I apply for both positions?

Yes, you may apply for both training sessions. There are eight (8) spaces available for each training session. 

What is our selection process?

Prospective peacebuilders must submit applications to CJP program coordinators on our website or in person at our office. Restorative justice facilitator applications must be received by Friday November 8, 2019. We will select 8 volunteers to participate in restorative justice training using a wide range of criteria and through a social justice and equity lens.  

PDRC desires to have volunteers with a variety of backgrounds, life experiences, and perspectives. Additionally we look for a sincere commitment towards self-growth and serving the community for years to come. PDRC equally values people with and without prior restorative justice experience because we provide the training and mentoring.

Volunteer Community Peacebuilder: Restorative Justice Facilitator Training Timeline:
Applications due: Friday November 8, 2019
Interviews: Friday, November 8, 2019- Monday, December 2, 2019
Announcement of selected candidates: Friday, December 6, 2019
16-hour Restorative Justice Training: Friday, January 31-Saturday, February 1, 2020.

Prospective peacebuilders must submit applications to CJP program coordinators on our website or in person at our office. Mediator applications must be received by Monday December 2, 2019. We will select 8 volunteers to participate in the mediator training using a wide range of criteria and through a social justice and equity lens. 

PDRC desires to have volunteers with a variety of backgrounds, life experiences, and perspectives. Additionally we look for a sincere commitment towards self-growth and serving the community for years to come. PDRC equally values people with and without prior restorative justice experience because we provide the training and mentoring.

Volunteer Community Peacebuilder: Mediator Training Timeline:
Applications due: Monday, December 2, 2019
Interviews: Monday, December 2, 2019- Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Announcement of selected candidates: Thursday, January 2, 2020
20-hour Basic Mediation Training: Thursday evening February 27; all-day Friday and Saturday February 28- 29, 2020
8-hour Observation Course Training: Friday, March 27, 2020
4-hour Virginia Judicial System Training: Saturday morning, March 28, 2020