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RICJ Juvenile Justice Reform VISTA
Juvenile incarceration is associated with a host of negative consequences in educational attainment, mental health, substance abuse and later imprisonment as an adult. RICJ's juvenile justice program promotes system reforms based in restorative justice, with a focus on urban youth. These include community diversion for juveniles arrested for lower-level or first time offenses, building capacity of youth-serving professionals to be more culturally competent, and understanding the effects of diversion on juvenile re-offense. In RI, juveniles of color are disproportionately likely to experience arrest, Court and imprisonment; yet 95% of juveniles sent to Court are there for nonviolent offenses. RI child population is 6% Black while 22% of juveniles sent to Court and 23% to juvenile prison are Black (RI Kids Count 2016), a disparity our partnership is working to address. Our primary work is with an innovative community based diversion model called Juvenile Hearing Boards (JHBs). In a partnership between urban JHBs, RICJ and the state's child welfare agency, we are working to strengthen and better resource the JHBs, inform communities about this diversion option and collect data to potentially demonstrate success. The goal is to keep low income juveniles of color who are at higher risk of system involvement and incarceration, out of the system and in the community where they can receive support that can help them onto pathways to success.
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This listing is currently not accepting applications.

Member Duties : NOTE: Virtual service possible, depending on the status of RI stay-at-home requirements. The Juvenile Justice Reform VISTA's work sets the stage for youth at risk to avoid system involvement and receive needed services. Working with a diverse team, the VISTA builds the capacity of diversion programs (with a focus on RI's urban core) promoting restorative justice, community diversion and cultural awareness. Capacity building includes sharing best practices, building awareness among professionals, community and juveniles; helping analyze and share outcome data; improving training approaches; and helping grow resources for community diversion. It's an exciting time for this work as our partnership's new pilot is providing new resources for urban core Juvenile Hearing Boards beginning in Jan 2020, so much of the VISTA's effort will be devoted to intensive capacity building for Providence and Central Falls JHBs.
Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Health Coverage* ,  Living Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Training ,  Education award upon successful completion of service . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended . 
Service Areas :
Public Safety ,  Community Outreach ,  Children/Youth . 
Skills :
Writing/Editing ,  Conflict Resolution ,  General Skills ,  Community Organization ,  Public Speaking ,  Interest in juvenile justice ,  Communications ,  Team Work . 
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RICJ Juvenile Justice Reform VISTA

Program Start/End Date
06/22/2020  -   06/21/2021

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations RHODE ISLAND  

prefer bilingual/Spanish

Accepting Applications
From  05/05/2020  To  06/19/2020 

Contact Toby Ayers
271 N Main St
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 92937