Author: Shannon Spaid


We are geared up for the new school year! The pandemic continues to make school “interesting” for young people and our many school-based Project Oz staff members.  After a busy summer of planning and training, we are excited to head back into classrooms across McLean County and provide the support students need to weather these… Continue Reading

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Spring 2021 Update

There are always new things happening at Oz! Thanks to our amazing staff, partners, and supporters, we are helping more young people than ever. Read on for a round-up of recent Project Oz news. Building Equity and Expanding Restorative Practices Through a Healing Illinois grant, our Youth Empowered Schools (YES) program has been promoting dialogue… Continue Reading

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We are looking to grow our passionate team!

Project Oz has a few new full-time openings in local elementary/middle schools for skilled relationship builders to use restorative practices to create an inclusive, supportive, engaged, and equitable school climate that will serve as a strong foundation for improved well-being, learning, and achievement for all students. Duties include assisting youth, families, and school administration in… Continue Reading

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MLK Healing Illinois Poetry Contest

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National Runaway Prevention Month

Join us during National Runaway Prevention Month! Each year more than 4.2 million young people in the United States experience some form of homelessness. Whether living on the streets, in a car, or bouncing between friends’ couches, young people with no safe place to stay and few supports are at high risk for exploitation and… Continue Reading

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