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Juvenile Justice Reengagement Specialist

Job Description
Organization: 
Colorado Youth for a Change
Organization Type: 
501(c)(3)
Job Location: 
Denver Metro
Type of Job: 
Full-time
Job Category: 
Programs/Services
Job Description: 

Position Summary:  The Juvenile Justice Reengagement Specialist (JJRS) will work in conjunction with the appropriate school districts, CYC Staff, as well as other nonprofit and service orientated agencies supporting youth with the goal of graduating. The JJRS will help facilitate student enrollment and will provide support services so they can successfully obtain credits and/or graduate. The JJRS is expected to identify out of school youth through referrals from community partners and individuals supporting students through Denver Public Safety Youth Programs. The JJRS will connect with approximately 100 hundred out-of-school youth per calendar year, in order to help youth return to school. The JJRS also tracks their results using CYC’s data management systems. This position is full-time with benefits. Salary is $18.00 per hour.

Areas of Responsibility

Essential Functions

  • Make contact with high school student who have left school from appropriate school districts
  • Quickly build relationships with each youth while ascertaining their interest in returning to school
  • Help and engage each youth in a school exploration process to find appropriate schools where they might return
  • Address barriers for each youth by connecting them with community service providers so that they may focus on school
  • Work to get youth through school registration processes by helping with paperwork, as well as obtaining any necessary documents such as birth certificates, transcripts, etc.
  • Track all students’ progress within CYC’s database and other spreadsheets
  • Provide follow-up services with each youth to ensure their ongoing success and eventual graduation

Other Duties

  • Attend and participate in staff meetings as required
  • Speak on behalf of the organization when appropriate
  • Attend relevant community and school meetings
  • Run errands as needed using personal transportation
  • Perform other duties, responsibilities, and special projects as assigned
  • Complete required training courses as assigned by CYC
  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Computer skills in Microsoft Word and Excel with an emphasis on the ability to create spreadsheets and tables in order to capture data in a useful and intelligible manner
  • Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills
  • An ability to work independently and remain organized in multiple settings, while simultaneously keeping track of the results achieved for each youth
  • Experience and comfort working with youth as well as their families and support networks as it relates to education
  • An ability to “change gears” and work collaboratively with internal staff and external partners
  • Advocacy skills, which encourage and promote education and returning to school An ability to find and stay informed about beneficial resources for youth throughout the Denver-Metro community
  • Knowledge of alternative, charter, traditional schools, and GED programs operating within Denver
  • Appreciation of clear and appropriate boundaries with youth
  • A passionate and committed belief that youth can rise above seemingly insurmountable obstacles and return to school, graduate, and enter into post-secondary education  
  • Dependable transportation and being insurable as a driver on the auto liability policy of Colorado Youth for a Change
  • Commitment to supporting and being a part of CYC’s effort to continually strive toward inclusivity and growth and appreciation of the organization and each individual’s unique strengths and perspective, including a commitment to self-development identity work
  • Dedication to engaging staff and students across social identities
  • Bilingual in English/Spanish preferred

 

Requirements/Qualifications
  • • Experience working with juvenile justice systems, court involved youth, or other young people who are traditionally underserved in the education system.
Compensation/Benefits
Compensation: 

We offer a competitive salary.  This is a non-exempt full time position.    The salary is $18.00 per hour. We offer medical, dental, vision, retirement plan, FSA, EAP, company paid short and long term disability and a life insurance policy.  Vacation, sick time and floating hours available.  We also give paid spring break and winter break.  Visit us at: www.facebook.com/COYouthforachange

Benefits: 

We offer medical, dental, vision, retirement plan, FSA, EAP, company paid short and long term disability and a life insurance policy. Vacation, sick time and floating hours available.  We also give paid spring break and winter break.  Visit us at: www.facebook.com/COYouthforachange

How To Apply

We are an equal opportunity & affirmative action employer. An applicant with a disability or a disabled veteran can request reasonable accommodation to apply for one of our positions.

To request accommodations for the purpose of applying for one of our positions,

contact Human Resources at 303-292-2779

 

Please send current resume, cover letter and three references to:

[email protected]

 

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