VIRTUAL: 2020 Restorative Justice Conference: The Medicine Wheel: Balancing Humanity (Week 3: Emotional)

10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

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VIRTUAL: 2020 Restorative Justice Conference: The Medicine Wheel: Balancing Humanity (Week 3: Emotional)

Please join us for Oak Park Public Library's third annual Restorative Justice Conference, held virtually on Wednesdays and Fridays throughout October. This year's theme is The Medicine Wheel: Balancing Humanity. Sign up now to receive email updates about the conference »

In week 3, we are highlighting the emotional component of humanityWeek 1 focuses on strategies one can use to build stronger skills for your emotional well-being.  

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW. After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join in the event. 

10 am - 11 am Rose Barnes & Jenny Jackson- Emotional Balance Talking Circle

11:15 am - 12:15 pm Alternatives' Peace Ambassadors- Seeds and Shelters: A Participatory Study on Building Restorative Space

2 pm - 3 pm Community Commons- facilitated by Trained RJ Staff Circle Keepers

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm Raheem Young & Dominique Hickman Oakpark Township will co-lead a workshop entitled  "Artificial Intelligence -vs- Emotional Intelligence

5 pm - 6 pm Community Commons- facilitated by FEELREAL Spaceholders will rotate to hold shared virtual space for conference participants to come together. A space to explore what is being learned and what are challenges. 

6 pm - 7 pm Madeline Block- Including and Adapting to the Disabled Community

7:15 pm - 8:15 pm Devin Davis- In this workshop, you'll learn the basics of Mental Health & Nutrition. You will learn how to adapt to a healthier lifestyle, so you can feel your best at all times through motivational fitness.


Rose Barnes is an Adult Services Librarian for the Oak Park Public Library. She specializes in digital learning and all things eBooks. She is a passionate reader, baker, and explorer who is always planning her next adventure.

Jenny Jackson is an Early Childhood Community Engagement Specialist who loves sharing time with children and families. She enjoys discovering new picture books, playing with puppets, eating pie, and learning from others. 

FEELREAL is an experiential social platform powered by a community of skilled and committed spaceholders. Our mission is to create inclusive and authentic experiences for people to come together to share stories & resources, to practice emotional wellness & mindfulness, and to build resilient & equitable communities.

Since 2017, Alternatives' Peace Ambassadors have been sharing circle with youth and young adults in a variety of community spaces.  Last year, the team, with the guidance and support of RJ Specialist Bryce Love Fields, embarked on a participatory action research project to uplift the voices of young people experiencing homelessness in Chicago.  The Peace Ambassadors will facilitate a discussion on the project and share a video highlighting some of the wisdom they gleaned from interviews with project participants.  The presenters are:

Deja Cheatem has been working with Alternatives for almost 3 years. Deja first learned about restorative justice through circle trainings Alternatives facilitated at Ignite, where Deja was staying while experiencing homelessness.

Adonnis Platt is an RJ Specialist working in the Washington Park community of Chicago to build communities, address harms and provide brave space for growth. Adonnis has been working at Alternatives for nearly 3 years and in that journey has grown so much.

Jaden Pickens has been a Peace Ambassador with Alternatives for the last year.  Jaden's first connection with Alternatives and restorative justice was in my high school when he attended a peace circle.  Jaden has been living in Chicago for about 15 years and experienced homelessness early in life.

Joseph McCray joined Alternatives' Peace Ambassador team at the beginning of the year but first got involved with the agency as a summer camper in 2013.  As a Peace Ambassador, Joseph has helped facilitate circles and other activities at homeless shelters and during our Summer RJ Institute, in addition to supporting the PAR project. Joseph has experienced homelessness multiple times.

Shanika Travis has been a Peace Ambassador at Alternatives for about 2 years now. Prior to that, Shanika lived at a homeless youth service provider where she participated in circle training. After successfully completing training, Shanika became a Peace Ambassador and has facilitated trainings for young adults at other homeless service providers.

Raheem Young is a Youth Interventionist with Oak Park Township. Raheem has been with the Township for 9 months but has been working with Oak Park youth for several years through Strive for Success, YEMBA, and Friday Night Place. A few years ago, Raheem co-founded a non-profit called Welcome to Fatherhood where he works with dads to help them cope with some of the pressures and stresses of being fathers. This is Raheem’s first year participating in the Restorative Justice Conference.   

Dominique Hickman is the Supervisor for the Girls on the Rise Program. Dominique works with black and brown middle and high school girls embracing and empowering girls to own and celebrate their brilliance, beauty, resilience, and power.  Before becoming the Supervisor of Girls on the Rise, Dominique worked as a Youth Interventionist with Oak Park and River Forest Township servicing youth and families in the community. Dominique prides herself on the art of building effective relationships with youth and families she serves. Dominique has over a decade of experience in the social services sector ranging from corrections, residential, group homes, mental health, and housing. This is Dominique’s first year participating in the Restorative Justice Conference.  

Madeline Block is a junior at Oak Park & River Forest High School in Oak Park Illinois. She has been volunteering with the disabled community in Oak Park since she was 11. She is currently a student helper in an Adaptive Acting class. She is also part of the Leading Edge Teen Advisory board at the Oak Park Public Library, and the Women In Leadership club at her school. She participates in the theater program at OPRF and has been involved in several shows. In her free time, Madeline enjoys reading, baking, playing with her turtle Mango, and of course, watching Netflix. 

Devin Davis is a self-employed personal trainer of Body by Devo with over 10 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. He got into fitness after his college football career came to an end.  He wanted to continue to stay in shape and also help others stay in shape as well, so he decided to get his certification as a personal trainer through Midwest Mania this ended up being the best decision of his life. Early in his childhood, he struggled with weight gain this fueled his fire to start weight training and take his health seriously. With over a decade of experience in the fitness industry, he has become most successful in helping clients meet their full potential whether it be weight gain or weight loss. When he's not training he enjoys spending time with his family and listening to motivational speaking. 
Website: Instagram: @Devo6_

Event Type(s): Arts & Culture, Civic Learning
Age Group(s): Elementary School, Adults, High School, Older Adults, Middle School