The Martha’s Vineyard Mediation Program and the Oak Bluffs police department plan to launch a restorative justice initiative in the coming months.

The pilot program includes training for interested community members and will focus on youthful offenders charged with minor crimes.

An introductory meeting will be held on Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. at the Oak Bluffs police headquarters. Christy Barbee, a restorative justice trainer from Concord, will explain the program.

Funding for the program is being provided by the Cape Cod Five Cents charitable foundation.

For more information, please contact Peter Meleney at 508-693-2999 or at