Published in The Mountain Mail – June 21, 2012
On behalf of Full Circle Restorative Justice, I wish to thank three entities in our generous community – the Ark Valley High Rollers, Moonlight Pizza and Free the Monkey – for their support of the FCRJ youth program Action Adventure Opportunities (AAOpps).
Action Adventure Opportunities partners with the 11th Judicial District’s Diversion Program and Probation Department to offer monthly supervised group community service and volunteer efforts as well as outings that focus on providing alternative activities for at-risk youth and teens in Chaffee, Fremont and surrounding counties.
AAOpps served more than 80 teens in Fremont and Chaffee counties in 2011 and is mainly funded by fee for service and limited grants through Diversion and Probation. Currently, more than 80 percent of youth involved in AAOpps are successful in completing their requirements and continue to be successful in their lives.
Success is measured by self-report assessments measuring increase in feelings of self-worth, as well as tracking rates of recidivism through the judicial district.
AAOpps is a program designed to provide positive recreational, educational and adventure experiences for youth and teens of all abilities. These opportunities will engage youth in healthy activities designed to build leadership, a stronger sense of self-worth, foster creativity and incorporate empathy into compassionate team building.
The goal of AAOpps is to cultivate inspiration and confidence for participants to bring the qualities of self-reliance, nonviolent play and communication when coping with stress in their everyday lives.
Recent AAOpps community service projects include: Ark-Valley and Fremont County Humane Societies, Valley to Valley Senior Care Center, Skyline Ridge Care Center in Cañon City, Caring and Sharing, Stone Soup Café, and the bake sale at an Ark Valley High Rollers derby bout.
The funds raised by the High Rollers ($500), Moonlight Pizza ($150) and Free the Monkey ($123) as proceeds from a roller derby bout and from Moonlight Monkey Mondays are greatly appreciated and will support FCRJ and AAOpps in meeting our mision:
“To enhance the safety of our community by addressing offender accountability and to empower victims through a supportive conflict resolution process.”
Full Circle Restorative Justice is a 501 (c) 3 public nonprofit organization.
Patty LaTaille, executive director,
Full Circle Restorative Justice