Restorative justice has become a fundamental component of all MKC operations - from management of staff to design and implementation of programs. All Center operations are rooted in the value of those gathered, the truth of each person's experience, the health and well-being of the whole. In addition to the values of restorative justice being embedded throughout the work, Center staff has been contracted to provide restorative services and to help bring to life a culture of community in the school.
The Teen Drop-In program is the heartbeat of the Center. Young people come, as they are, to relax and unwind after school. Each day begins with reflection/prayer and invites each person to pause and tune into the spirit of that which is greater than their self. In addition to the casual hang out space, pop-up programs are offered on various topics and celebrations marked on special days. To become a member of the Center, register below:
“The MKC means a lot to me. It is my home away from home. I find comfort and peace. Also, as a leader at the Center, I feel that I have grown and matured.” -MKC student leader
After-school programs are offered for students in grades 3-8 and cover a broad range of topics. The goal of these courses is to provide an introduction to subject areas that may be of interest or provide an on-ramp for career pursuits. The following is a sample of programs offered.
Grade and gender specific retreats are offered for middle and high school students. The retreat curriculum is developmental in nature, and responds to the various experiences students may have at a particular age (Grade 6 - Bullying; Grade 8 - Transitions; Grade 9 - New Beginnings)
Topic specific workshops are hosted throughout the year in an effort to gather as community and learn together. Workshops are typically free and open to the public. Look for our workshops on our Facebook page.
Housed in a former convent, the Maria Kaupas Center can accommodate up to 35 guests in 21 bedrooms. With ample meeting space and a large chapel, the space is perfect for getting away from the office with your team or for a formal retreat.