Restorative Justice in
Abbotsford began in 2001


ARJAA's mentoring program is specifically designed for children and youth going through a restorative process. These young people can be involved in the police based restorative process or from the restorative action process in Abbotsford schools. Being matched with a responsible, caring adult will enable the young person to receive support and encouragement at a time when he/she needs to make restitution or amends to victims or the community. This can increase the likelihood that the young person will complete the agreement successfully and will not re-offend.

Research has indicated that children and youth who have a mentor have increased school success, are less likely to initiate drug use and are less likely to initiate alcohol use than those who do not have a mentor. These children and youth are also less likely to skip class at school and are less likely to engage in violent behaviour.

The mentors will provide a positive role model, which will influence the formation of positive values and attitudes. They will also provide emotional support and friendship which can increase self-worth and help the young person in times of stress and crisis. The mentors will help the young person learn how to deal with stress and conflict in a non-destructive manner, and will support and encourage the young person to complete their restorative justice agreement, thereby helping the young person to be accountable for their actions.  

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please click here