Director and Founder, Julia Steiny
In 2007 Julia began work on the Youth Restoration Project (YRP) after returning from a life-changing trip to Belfast, Northern Ireland, where average people — waitresses, cabbies and hotel clerks — talked enthusiastically about “restoration” as the only lasting antidote to the dominant punishing mentality that had dominated that city for decades. Back in the states, Julia trained with the Community Mediation Center to become a mediator and a family-group conferencing facilitator. She is a licensed trainer for the International Institute for Restorative Practices and has certificates from the Suffolk Center for Restorative Justice and the B.E.S.T. trainers. She’s written extensively on Restoration — see Resources — and began direct work training and implementing the practices in 2009 in Central Falls, RI, thanks to a visionary superintendent, Dr. Frances Gallo.
For the past 20 years Julia Steiny has toggled the worlds of education journalism, research and data analysis, school board membership, teaching, playwriting and parenting. She has approached the challenge of “how to better take care of our kids” from nearly every angle. She was the education columnist for the Providence Journal for 16 years. Currently, she is a weekly columnist for EducationNews.org, GoLocalProvidence, GoLocalWorcester, and EducationViews.org. She invented the concept and still writes “data stories” for The Providence Plan’s RIDataHUB. Her board memberships include: Family Service Rhode Island and RI’s Mental Health Association. She serves on the Advisory Board for the Rhode Island College Feinstein School of Education and will be teaching a course in Restorative Practices this coming summer session. See here for details.
Principal and Partner, Stephen A. Turcotte
Steve Turcotte worked in a Federal Agency as a workplace analyst and training manager for 29 years. He specialized in analyzing and resolving conflict – ranging from the trivial to potentially lethal – and restoring work sites to safe, healthy, productive environments. Steve is a subject matter expert on relationship dynamics, problems and repairs in business environments, school environments or personal life. He has worked closely with Executives, Human Resource specialists, Management teams and Unions to make credible assessments of issues and risk (from physical harm to litigation) and then formulate and initiate actions necessary to facilitate healthy communications and productivity. He has worked with school administrations, teachers unions and teachers to understand conflict and develop new skills to resolve conflict and manage classrooms. He has worked with individuals and groups to restore relationships as well.
Steve has an M.A. and is trained as a mediator, facilitator, intervention specialist, critical incident specialist, investigator, trainer, educator (Middle and High school certified), adjunct professor teaching conflict resolution techniques and negotiation (Rhode Island College), public collaboration moderator (MA Office of Public Collaboration), HR specialist, Labor Relations specialist, Risk Assessment and Risk Abatement Specialist, Coach, Mentor, Diversity Specialist, Talent development, and more.
Colleagues and Collaborators:
Colin Murphy (Providence Design) — Business consulting and web design
Ellen Polansky — Writer, editor, and grants writer.
Ellen Polansky has written government and foundation grants in addition to providing program design for children and family serving organizations in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New York for over 12 years. Prior to this, Ellen worked in program development and management in various non-profits as well as city and state government.
Kate Weymouth (Barrington City Counselor) — political consultant