Impact Justice is hiring for two temporary full-time positions to support youth justice programming at a local youth organization in the Bay Area. These positions will divide their scheduled time supporting across two programs – California Justice Leaders and R.E.S.T.O.R.
California Justice Leaders (CJL) is a statewide program that hires formerly incarcerated and system impacted young adults to serve as reentry navigators for individuals involved in the juvenile justice system. The CJL Navigators provide credible messenger mentorship and assist these young people in making a successful reentry by connecting them with resources and services.
R.E.S.T.O.R is a Restorative Justice diversion program. Youth who are arrested, and meet a certain criteria, can be referred to RYSE by the District Attorney’s office to undergo a Restorative Community Conference (RCC). If successful, the charges will remain dropped. Our program’s acronym defines the goals that we hope to achieve through the restorative process: Repairing harm, Elevating voices, Supporting communities, Transforming lives, Opening minds, and Restoring justice. This program is the first ever post-arrest, pre-charge diversion program in Contra Costa County.
RCC Co-facilitation Support
- Assist in contacting potential program participants to explain about the program and schedule enrollment meetings (youth and youth caregivers/family, persons harmed, supporters, and community members)
- Assist in scheduling and co-facilitating prep meetings that support program participants in telling their story, identifying their needs, and exploring steps for accountability and healing
- Assist in coordinating conferences – time, location, persons attending, food needs, access needs, seating arrangements, etc.
- Co-Facilitate conference—hold space for everyone’s realities, experiences, stories, and needs; facilitate the creation of a ‘restorative accountability plan’ that meets the needs of the person(s) harmed, community members, youth’s caregivers/family, and the youth themselves
- Support the responsible youth in completing their restorative accountability plan
- Be deeply rooted in the community and have extensive knowledge of, and access to, community resources for all participants
- Create a database of community resources for all participants
CJL Reentry Navigation
- Participate in research to learn more about reentry resources, organizations and the juvenile justice system in the region
- Conduct outreach to organizations and the community in order to locate individuals who may be in need of re-entry services navigation
- Increase awareness of the state’s Honorable Discharge petition, a certificate of rehabilitation for young people formerly incarcerated in the CA Division of Juvenile Justice
- Provide coaching and reentry navigation to individuals who have been involved in the juvenile justice system
- Attend a two-week program orientation
- Participate in weekly training and professional development sessions
- Input basic case details into database and manage paperwork for cases throughout completion
- Track and update case progress for each case (enrollment, prep, conference, close), manage deadlines, and update facilitators on deadlines when needed
- Field and delegate inquiries (phone calls, emails, etc.) from external partners about the program
- Consistent communication with the RESTOR team, including Restorative Practice Specialists, Youth Justice Advocates, and Youth Success Advocates, and the CJL team, including Site Supervisor and Regional Manager
Skills & Qualifications
- Ability to commit to the position through December 2023
- Prior involvement with the juvenile/criminal justice system and demonstrated successful re-entry into the community
- U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or a lawful permanent resident of the United States
- At least 18 years old (preference will be given to applicants between the ages of 21-35)
- Technology, verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to pass a federal background check
Important Note: All applicants will be required to pass a federal background check. However, the only applicants who will be precluded are individuals required to be listed on the sex offender registry and individuals convicted of murder, as designated in 18 U.S Code § 1111
- $3453.56 monthly living stipend, paid twice per month
- Upon completion of the term, individuals will be eligible for an education stipend of $3247.50
- Student loan forbearance for qualifying loans
- Professional development training- inclusive of resume writing, motivational interviewing, career mentorship, and much more.
- Access to a personal supportive service network
Please note that these are grant-funded positions and individuals hired will not be employed by Impact Justice.
Timeline: This is a full-time, temporary position that will start in March 2023 and end in December 2023.
How to Apply:
In order to apply, please fill out the application for the California Justice Leaders program here.