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AmeriCorps | Brattleboro, Vermont
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The mission of the Brattleboro Community Justice Center is to empower people in the Brattleboro area to maintain community well-being through restorative justice (RJ) principles, processes, and programs. With 3 staff, 2 interns, and 50 volunteers, the BCJC makes a deep impact through the power of regular people to provide support, accountability, and opportunities for healing where there has been harm. Many Vermonters are living in poverty and huge segments of our community are being hit hard by the opioid epidemic. Those who are living in poverty, or with trauma, addiction, or mental health challenges are more likely to get caught up in the criminal legal system and to be affected by crime. All of the BCJC's 8 programs contribute to alleviating poverty in our mostly rural and small town region of southern Windham County, Vermont. RJ can prevent costly criminal justice system involvement and mitigate the impacts of incarceration on economic mobility. For instance, our school programs help keep students out of the "school to prison pipeline" by resolving conflicts in schools before they get out of hand. Our pre-charge program allows people to complete an RJ process in lieu of a legal charge. Our reentry program helps connect formerly incarcerated community members with social support and basic needs like housing and jobs. Restorative justice, where community members work with those directly impacted by harm to find out what happened, what people's needs are, and how to work together to make change, is one way we address harmful incidents that arise due to poverty without relying on punishment. Just as important, the BCJC works with groups and partners across the community and region, such as neighborhood associations, businesses, human service agencies, community organizers, and law enforcement to address these issues head on to create opportunities for change.

Terms :

Permits working at another job during off hours , Car recommended , Permits attendance at school during off hours . Service Areas :

Homelessness , Education , Community Outreach , Children/Youth , Housing , Public Safety , Ex-Offender Reentry . Skills :

Conflict Resolution , Urban Planning , Office Suite & Social Media , Writing/Editing , Education , Fund raising/Grant Writing , Public Speaking , Community Organization , Leadership , Communications , Youth Development , Computers/Technology , Recruitment , Team Work .

About AmeriCorps

Celebrating its 43rd anniversary this year, AmeriCorps VISTA is a federal national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. VISTAs, aged 18 or older, commit to serve full time for a year at nonprofit organizations and public agencies in urban and rural poverty areas throughout the country to help low-income people and communities improve the conditions of their lives. VISTAs work to fight illiteracy, expand job opportunities, develop financial assets, reduce homelessness, improve health services, reduce unemployment, increase housing opportunities, reduce recidivism, and expand access to technology.

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