Casey Seeks Applicants for 2019–21 Juvenile Justice Youth Advisory Council

Posted October 8, 2018, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Young people working to reform the juvenile justice system

This Youth Jus­tice Aware­ness Month, the Casey Foun­da­tion seeks emerg­ing youth jus­tice lead­ers from around the coun­try to join its 2019 – 21 Juve­nile Jus­tice Youth Advi­so­ry Coun­cil. Can­di­dates have until Fri­day, Nov. 16, to apply. A webi­nar for prospec­tive can­di­dates will be held on Thurs­day, Oct. 18, at 1 p.m. ET.

Lis­ten to our webi­nar for applicants

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 — such as pro­ba­tion, deten­tion, 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.

New this year, can­di­dates are invit­ed to apply either as indi­vid­u­als or as rep­re­sen­ta­tives of their local or state youth coun­cils. The lat­ter should rep­re­sent a coun­cil that has an explic­it focus on the juve­nile jus­tice sys­tem or youth jus­tice reform, where at least 50% of mem­bers have for­mer or cur­rent juve­nile jus­tice sys­tem involve­ment and the nom­i­nee has past or cur­rent sys­tem involvement.

Part­ner­ships like the one between JJSG and the mem­bers of the Youth Advi­so­ry Coun­cil thrive when pow­er is shared and when orga­ni­za­tions posi­tion young peo­ple to mean­ing­ful­ly con­tribute,” said Zainab Farhat, a Casey pro­gram asso­ciate. The Foun­da­tion believes that young peo­ple should be engaged as key part­ners in the deci­sion mak­ing that affects them.”

The full coun­cil is made up of 12 mem­bers who rep­re­sent a range of expe­ri­ences with the juve­nile jus­tice sys­tem. Coun­cil mem­bers work togeth­er to devel­op rec­om­men­da­tions that inform and strength­en Casey’s work. Coun­cil mem­bers review mate­ri­als, con­tribute to draft­ing and edit­ing reports and pre­sen­ta­tions, con­duct field research, attend and present at con­fer­ences and meet­ings and par­tic­i­pate in pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment activ­i­ties and email dis­cus­sions. Coun­cil mem­ber respon­si­bil­i­ties include active par­tic­i­pa­tion in the JDAIcon­nect online com­mu­ni­ty.

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® and JJSG are a plus.

Mem­bers of the Youth Advi­so­ry Coun­cil are com­pen­sat­ed for their time and expect­ed to com­mit an aver­age of five hours per month toward the council’s work and pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties. Coun­cil mem­bers also are expect­ed to attend in-per­son meet­ings in Bal­ti­more a min­i­mum of three times per year, which are each sched­uled for three full days on a Thurs­day through Sat­ur­day, and par­tic­i­pate in select­ed con­fer­ences. 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 recruit­ment 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 late Jan­u­ary 2019.

Please con­tact either of the fol­low­ing with any ques­tions: Kelsey John­son, pro­gram man­ag­er, Com­mu­ni­ty Law in Action, at 410.706.3875, or Zainab Farhat, Casey pro­gram asso­ciate, at 410.223.3330.

Resources for Applicants

Edi­tor’s note: This post was updat­ed on Oct. 20, 2018, to share the can­di­date webinar.

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