Foundation Seeks Applicants for Juvenile Justice Youth Advisory Council

Posted January 6, 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 202017.

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.

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