Foundation Seeks Applicants for Juvenile Justice Youth Advisory Council

Posted January 5, 2017, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

The Casey Foundation is seeking new members for its Juvenile Justice Youth Advisory Council. Candidates must submit an application, which requires a personal statement and letters of recommendation by 11:59 p.m. EST, Friday, January 20, 2017.

Council members support and contribute to a national juvenile justice reform movement. Ideal candidates are young adults, ages 18 to 25, who are interested in strengthening their leadership and advocacy skills as emerging leaders in juvenile justice reform. In addition, they will have current or past experience with the juvenile justice system themselves — probation, detention, commitment, residential placement, incarceration or aftercare — and be eager to work in partnership with Casey's Juvenile Justice Strategy Group (JJSG) and with state and local juvenile justice systems.

Council members contribute to the development of a guide on youth engagement for state and local juvenile justice systems. Council members also give input on publications and other material, participate on panels and deliver presentations and conduct field research related to probation, detention, residential facilities and dispositional decision-making reform, among other roles and responsibilities.
 
Candidates should have problem-solving and critical-thinking skills and a willingness to listen and learn. Strong writing and public speaking skills, political awareness, interpersonal skills and knowledge of Casey's Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative or JJSG are a plus.

Members of the Youth Advisory Council are compensated for their time and expected to commit an average of four hours per month toward the Council’s work and professional development opportunities. In addition, council members are expected to attend in-person meetings in Baltimore a minimum of three times per year, which are each scheduled for two full days on a Friday and Saturday, and participate in conferences, such as the 2017 JDAI National Inter-Site Conference. Travel costs are covered by the Foundation.

Council members serve for a two-year term and may be considered for reappointment. 

A limited number of candidates will be selected for an interview during the review process. If a candidate is selected for an interview, he or she will be contacted directly. Candidates who are interviewed will be notified of a final decision by the end of February 2017. The full complement of the Council is 12 members who will represent the diverse populations within the juvenile justice system. 

Please contact either of the following with any questions: Corryne Deliberto, executive director of Community Law in Action, at 410.706.3875, or Toni Lemons, JJSG program associate, at 410.547.3657.

Download the application