The Big Share!
Hello friends, supporters, and change-makers!
The Dane County TimeBank is excited to be participating in The Big Share again this year. We need your help! Please help us reach our goal of raising $5000 on March 3rd to support our restorative justice project.
The criminalization of children disrupts one of the most important protective factors for youth, their education. Your contribution is essential in ensuring youth have the opportunity to be heard, be supported, and become our future leaders. Your dollars support interrupting the cycle of harm through youth-led restorative processes.
Visit https://www.thebigshare.org/organizations/dane-county-timebank and click donate today, it's that easy!
Beyond the Basics
Beyond the basics like food, supplies, transportation, and staffing, your support allows us the opportunity to take this work deeper. It allows us to lift the voices of youth and families disproportionately impacted by arrest, ensuring that folks have the opportunity to tell their stories and share their experiences. It allows us to work towards 360 degree accountability within our communities. It allows us to conduct trainings, workshops, and discussion groups focused on social, restorative, and racial justice issues. It allows us to challenge the structural racism within systems and institutions that continue to perpetuate harm. Your support allows us to invest in prevention. It allows us to do community organizing and movement building. It allows us to continue learning, growing, and connecting as human beings.
This is mindset shift work.
This is a movement for change.
We need you. Join our campaign and give!
Here's what folks are saying about the TimeBank's Restorative Justice work
"It’s like I'm trying to change but when people hold my past against me I can't. RJ makes me feel like somebody cares." - 10th grade student
"I like being able to talk about real problems with people who understand and not judge, I never use to feel like I could talk about these things, but now I do" - student, age 15
"RJ makes me feel important, it makes me smile" - 10th grade student
"The process was reflective and good. It helps to have a lot of input from the people in your life who care about you. We didn’t know how much the people in our community cared about us and wanted us to succeed.” - two youth, ages 14 and 15, involved in a conflict
"The RJ program had a big impact on my life in many ways. It helped me grow up and take responsibility for my actions and now I think about the consequences of what I do.” - youth, age 16
"Before the session I was too embarrassed to talk about what I did, but at the session I felt like I expressed myself like never before. There were a lot of things going on that led up to this and the other students listened to and understood that." - youth, age 16
"Thank you for listening to my child's side of the story. This is the first time we've experienced that. Nobody else has listened to us." - parent
“I talked to _______ and ______ today. It sounds as if your restorative conversation did really well. ______ actually ended up checking in with _____ today to see how she was doing and even talked a little about their life and not all their shared drama. Thank you for taking the time to do this with them. I think it made a big difference. I really appreciate it and you.” - High School Teacher
Check out our Big Share video!
Here's a video of a 10th grade student that has been participating with our Restorative Justice Project this school year. He talks about his experience and the impact participating in restorative justice has had on him.
We need you to reach our goal. Please give today and share this opportunity to invest in youth.
I appreciate your consideration and support. Please feel free to share it with your networks. Thank you for supporting this important work and check out our video!
Lorrie Hurckes Dwyer