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.
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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.