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Inmates in Indiana stand in a common room to listen to a speaker.

Students forge a path for restorative justice

Five students from Penn State Beaver, Shenango and New Kensington are helping to implement Bridges to Life, a restorative justice program, in Beaver County. As the inaugural cohort of Beaver County-based facilitators, the students will not only go into the Beaver County Jail to work with inmates, but they will also be responsible for training future volunteers of the Bridges program and extending the reach of restorative justice.
Shenango campus students pose at Hill Day in Washington, D.C.

Students utilize fieldwork and community outreach in support of program

Each semester, Penn State Shenango’s Occupational Therapy Assistant students plan several events in support of their field of study. These initiatives include community outreach programs as well as learning/skill projects. This past September, thanks to a grant that was received from the Penn State Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, several sophomore OTA students joined hundreds from their profession to speak to senators and representatives in Washington, D.C., on various topics.