Community Restorative Justice Hub

RJ_colorAbout the North Lawndale Community Restorative Justice (RJ) Hub
The North Lawndale Community RJ Hub is a network of community partners building a safe, healthy, and thriving community for all. The vision of the North Lawndale RJ Hub is to create safe spaces in the community where youth and their families are welcomed and supported in building healthy relationships, expressing themselves, addressing trauma, and developing necessary skills and competencies. The North Lawndale Community RJ Hub launched in January 2015 as part of a community-led restorative justice movement rooted in the belief that disconnected, court-involved youth belong in the community, not in detention. This diverse group of stakeholders consists of social service providers, school administrators, church pastors, elected officials, and residents who live, work, or worship in the neighborhood. Hub members gather monthly to share food and fellowship and discuss three items of business: staffing youth, training opportunities, and collaborative funding opportunities.

North Lawndale Community RJ Hub Members

  • 10th District CAPS, Chicago Police Department
  • 24th Ward Alderman Michael Scott Jr.
  • A Safe Haven
  • CCA Academy
  • Cook County Commissioner Dennis Deer
  • Firehouse Community Arts Center
  • Hope House Recovery Home
  • Lawndale Christian Community Church
  • Lawndale Amachi Mentoring Program (LAMP)
  • Lawndale Christian Development Center
  • Lawndale Christian Legal Center
  • MADD Men
  • North Lawndale College Prep (NLCP)
  • North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council
  • North Lawndale Employment Network (NLEN)
  • Old St. Patrick’s Church, North Lawndale Kinship Initiative
  • St. Agatha Catholic Church
  • St. Anthony Hospital Community Wellness
  • Sankofa Safe Child Initiative
  • Strategic Human Services
  • TR4IM/I AM ABLE
  • UCAN
  • Young Men’s Educational Network (YMEN)

About the Community Restorative Justice Hub Movement
The North Lawndale Community RJ Hub is part of a greater citywide network of RJ Hubs and supportive agencies. In addition to LCLC in Lawndale, New Life Centers Urban Life Skills in Little Village and Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation in Back of the Yards have also established RJ Hubs. All three organizations, in collaboration with Adler Institute of Public Safety and Social Justice, Community Justice for Youth Institute, and Cook County Juvenile Probation and Parole officials, are part of the Community RJ Hubs Leadership Circle, a centralized supportive structure that coordinates existing hubs and ensures the successful launch of new RJ Hubs.

Community RJ Hubs are grounded in the following five pillars (or principles), which are essential in reducing youth violence and holistically supporting young people:

1.    Welcoming and hospitality
2.    Accompaniment
3.    Building relationships with youth and families
4.    Relentless engagement of organizations and resources
5.    Collaboration and relationships with other RJ Hubs

For more information, please visit the Community RJ Hubs website at www.rjhubs.org.