What are Student Advocacy Centers?
Purpose Tied and integrated with our Restorative Practice Support, we help support schools in creating unique, student-led centers that change the discipline model for maladaptive behaviors and harm. These specific centers are either called Student Advocacy Centers, Restorative Justice Centers (RJCs), or similar titles depending on the school’s preference.
How It Works
The Student Advocacy Centers have designated student advocates which model school-wide expectations for behavior and actively participate in the decision making process for disciplinary action. These advocates work with student offenders to provide meaningful opportunities to be heard and encourage accountability while focusing on repairing harm to the community. Through this process the advocates construct creative solutions to disciplinary matters that support righting the wrong, learning from the situation, and supporting appropriate interventions are provided.
Students are part of the discussions and solutions. Primary stakeholders, the person(s) harmed, the offender(s), and the school or classroom community, determine how to best repair the harm done by an offense. This provides restorative justice and emphasizes the values of empathy, respect, honesty, acceptance, responsibility, and accountability within a school system.