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Invitation to Parent Circle Meeting - Tues., Jan. 24 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 04, 2017 8:00 AM

Circle Meeting

Open Invitation to all Barton Community:

Please come to share with the Barton Community the Present Moment, a Nonjudgmental Attitude, an Open Mind, Creativity, Grounded in a Spirit of Compassion and Humility, and Being Present with Head and Heart!!!

When: Tuesday, January 24 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Where: Barton Media Center


Here are the guidelines for the Circle Process:                                   

*Respect the Talking Piece                                                                                                                                

*Speak From Your Heart                                                                                                                                     

*Speak With Respect                                                                                                                                          

 *Listen With Respect

*Remain In The Circle

*Honor Confidentiality

*You May Pass

About the Circle Keepers:

Alice Lynch… has over 40 years of experience working in communities and for social services organizations.  She has worked in the area of Restorative Justice for over 15 years and is a national trainer.  She is presently a part of a collaboration with other Restorative Practices programs providing services to juvenile offenders in Hennepin County.  In the past, for two years she served as the Restorative Justice Coordinator at Paladin Academy in Blaine, MN.  Prior to going to Paladin she was the Prevention Initiative Metro Coordinator for Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota, where she provided support to organizations and groups that were interested in the development of mutual self-help support groups for parents.

 For 25 years she was the Executive Director of BIHA Women in Action, an organization working with Women of Color and their families as they dealt with social issues and the impact those issues had on family stability.   In 2007, she coordinated the Circle Groups for the Science Museum of Minnesota Race Exhibition. 

Jamie Williams...currently is a Restorative Justice/Practices Consultant, Trainer, Teacher and Circle Keeper.. Her past experience includes: Restorative Practice Coordinator of Bayfield School, Liaison for the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Early Childhood Center, Amicus Radius (juvenile girls Restorative program) Amicus MNCoSA (Circles of Support and Accountability / re-entry services for adult males who have committed sex offenses), Minnesota Department of Corrections VOCARE program, Coordinator for the Seward Neighborhood Restorative Justice Initiative. Assisted in the creation of one of Minnesota’s first Charters, Cedar Riverside Community School. Community Partner to MPS for over 15 years

When Jamie heard the definition of a “calling” by F. Buechner... “When a deep gladness in your heart meets a deep need in the world”...she knew she was “called” to keeping the Circle strong and present in communities and schools. She is co-founder of “The Restorative Way”.

Oscar Reed…he was a standout professional running-back for the NFL Minnesota Vikings for nine (9) years, seven (7) of which were championship seasons.  After his football career he became a business owner, craftsman and community youth advocate.  He was appointed by the city of Minneapolis to the position of Youth Programs Director/Coordinator where he developed and implemented and directed programs for youth and families in Minneapolis Public Housing Authority for fifteen (15) years. Oscar has dedicated the past twenty-five (25) years of his life to youth.  Primarily low-income, challenged youth and families in Minneapolis’ inner city.

He serves as a friend and mentor for youth by sharing lessons learned from his life experiences in leadership, team building skills and overcoming obstacles to achieve personal goals.  He has an extensive background in Restorative Justice and Health Realization training, developing and directing many youth programs within schools across the country. Community Partner to MPS for over 15 years. Oscar’s mission is “to help save our children one child at a time” Oscar is cofounder of The Restorative Way