"The means is dialogue, the end is learning, the purpose is peace." ~ Founder Dr. Jane Vella
Jon Kidde has been exploring the concepts of restorative justice for over 16 years and has been influential in the design and implementation of several programs based on restorative justice in Wyoming and California.
In California, Jon served as Director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY) an organization focused on shifting punitive approaches to youthful wrongdoing toward more restorative approaches. As a consultant to the Judicial Council of California, he conducted research on the perspectives of youth, parents, victims, and community members who interact with the Juvenile Court. In Wyoming, Jon created and managed a successful restorative justice program in Teton County.
Jon received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Colorado College and his Masters Degree from the School of Social Welfare at University of California, Berkeley, where he received the Ralph M. Kramer award for the outstanding Management and Planning student who excelled in their course work, fieldwork, and research.
He and his wife relocated to Vergennes, VT in 2008. They have two children, Lily and Luke. He enjoys getting outside with his family, mountain biking, backcountry snowboarding, and hiking.
Since 2010, Jon has been responsible for implementing a statewide initiative, known as the Diversion Enhancement Assessment Plan (DEAP). The initiative, focused on 16 and 17 year olds, has 4 primary goals:
• Increase resilience and decrease recidivism among youth diverted
• Increase the number of youth diverted
• Increase successful completions of Court Diversion contracts
• Encourage eligible youth to go through Family Court rather than District Court
Jon worked with the 14 county-based Court Diversion Programs to implement a risk assessment tool and apply effective intervention principles. He provides technical assistance, training and coaching to program staff and volunteers and has developed several resources to further the mission of Court Diversion in Vermont.