Youth Justice Lab

The Youth Justice Lab, organized by the North Shore Restorative Justice Society, is a cohort-based, collaborative skill-building opportunity for youth ages 15 - 19 residing on the North Shore. Through this virtual 6-week program we will deepen connection while socially distant and explore questions, including the following:

What are the applications of Restorative Justice during isolation?
How can we use RJ to meaningfully engage in Decolonization, Truth, and Reconciliation?
What can Youth Justice mean in our community?

You will hear from a variety of leaders from civil society organizations and will develop projects to tackle issues you care about. Throughout the Lab, participants will build useful life skills in mediation, teamwork, and networking, and all who complete the program will receive a $100 bursary. You will connect to mentors and work in teams to present a project at our graduation, competing for project awards. Ultimately, the Youth Justice Lab is an opportunity to learn, grow, and build relationships. Beyond the Lab, we hope these connections will grow, and that we will become partners in creating youth justice in our communities.

As a participant, you will:

- Meet virtually once a week for 6 weeks this summer (6-8:30 pm on Thursdays, from July 23rd to Aug 27th)
- Receive a welcome package with reading materials, study supplies, snacks, and a copy of Making it Right: Peace, Settling, Conflict by Marilee Peters
- Receive a Certificate of Completion at our graduation on August 29th, and celebrate our achievements
- Receive a $100 bursary for full attendance
- Develop leadership, mediation, and communication skills
- Gain knowledge about Restorative Justice and its possibilities
- Connect to and learn from a wide range of community leaders
- Present a team project to address issues you care about, competing towards prizes in different categories

Any questions, please email
Please submit your application by 9 am on Friday, July 10th.
Name *
Pronouns *
Age *
Mailing address *
Email *
What is your relationship to the place where you live? (250 words max) *
Tell us your story (your interests, your family and/or friends, anything important to you) (250 words max) *
Please tell us why you want to be a part of this cohort (250 words max) *
What does justice mean to you? (250 words max) *
If you could fix one injustice in your community, what would it be and how would you go about it? (250 words max) *
Please share any other piece of information about yourself, your interests, or your creations that are important to who you are (poetry, visual art, sports, music, etc. are welcome). If you wish to share a file with us, please send it to and make sure to include your name so that we can link the application with it. Thank you!
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