Ototema is a program about friendship and restorative justice. Mentors are matched in a one-to-one relationship with a youth who is in conflict with the law, or at risk of becoming formally involved. The youths in this program are between the ages of 7 – 18 and include younger youths referred from the MB Turnabout program, older youths on probation, and at times youths incarcerated at the Manitoba Youth Center for non-violent offenses. Youth participate in this program voluntarily.
Mentors in this program are interested in alternative models of justice, or those who simply believe that youth who are acting out are those who most need a powerful relationship interventions. This program encourages youth to care about their community, and make better choices by showing them their community cares for them.