Earn & Learn Restorative Community Service

Earn & Learn Juvenile Restorative Community Service is the only community service/restitution program in Buncombe County or the city of Asheville. Earn & Learn accepts juveniles between the ages of 11 and 17 referred from the Division of Juvenile Justice, giving youth the opportunity to complete court-ordered community service throughout Buncombe County and Asheville City. If monetary restitution is ordered, then a client may earn a wage of $7.00 an hour for up to $700.00. We serve both diverted and adjudicated youth through supervised work and interactive journaling. Juveniles provide an important service to the community, are held accountable for their actions, and given the opportunity to acknowledge any harm they may have caused.

Earn & Learn Juvenile Restorative Community Service provides face-to-face interaction with community members, adult staff members, and other youth in a setting that is in stark contrast to school and home. This allows juveniles to express themselves in a positive environment where they are not only heard but also come to understand the consequences of both positive and negative decision-making. This process of restorative justice (giving back to the victim, community, family, and juvenile), not only provides compensation to victims, but also allows the juvenile to change his/her worldview, leading to positive decision making and fewer experiences with the juvenile court system.

For more information about the Earn & Learn program or our specific community service locations, please contact Juan Holladay, Director of Program Services and Community Development, at (828)707-3800 or juan@buncombealternatives.org.