The purpose of this program is to assist male youthful offenders (ages 17-24), who are at risk of gang violence, in getting and keeping a job and/or re-connecting with an educational training program. The RESTORE Program offers an opportunity for these young men to engage in a variety of recreational, educational, and social networking activities.
The RESTORE Program is the result of a collaborative effort between the Onondaga County Probation Department and New Justice Services, and it was developed to provide the participants with educational and professional preparation to become law abiding and self-supporting citizens.
New Justice Services provided employment preparation in the form of classes that meet twice a week. The RESTORE trainers encouraged a mutual exchange of ideas, information, life experiences and open discussion on topics such as:
- The Life of Crime
- Choosing Priorities
- Problem Solving
- Social Skills
Each week, a specific topic is addressed. The first session of the week involves a class discussion while the second session includes a hands-on experience in the form of a field trip, guest presenter, or enrichment opportunity.
The Onondaga County Probation Department takes graduation from the RESTORE Program into consideration when deciding whether to adjust an individual's reporting requirement or the duration of their time on probation.
The Onondaga County Department of Children and Family Services
The New York State Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution
If you are interested in participating in this program, contact your probation officer.
CLICK HERE FOR A DIRECTORY OF ONONDAGA COUNTY PROBATION OFFICERS
You may also contact the RESTORE Group Leader at (315) 471-4676.