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Juvenile Justice, Department of Lee County

County: Charlotte, Collier, Hendry, Lee
Categories Youth
Details:

The Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ)is a criminal justice agency dealing with delinquent and at-risk youth generally between the ages of 12-18. Any juvenile arrested for a criminal offense and adjudicated by the court is placed under supervision. These youth may be placed on probation or in a residential commitment facility. When placed on probation, it becomes the responsibility of DJJ to monitor a youth's progress towards goals imposed by the court. This includes frequent visits to the home, school, or job, and interactions with other agencies and concerned members of the community. It also includes working with the youth, and often the family, to increase his or her ability to develop a useful, crime-free lifestyle. Depending on the seriousness of the offense, some youth are placed in residential commitment facilities. The type of program is determined by a youth's risk level. The length of stay varies from about four months to two years, depending on the program. While placed at one of these programs, youth follow tightly controlled schedules, attend school and receive counseling. They also receive training in life-skills, vocational skills, and victim awareness and participate in health and physical fitness activities.

Job Description:

Many youth under the supervision of the Department of Juvenile Justice come from one-parent homes. Many others have no positive role models in their lives. We are in need of caring adults to mentor these youth, individuals willing to spend one or two hours per week with them. This could mean visiting, tutoring, going to a baseball game, etc. This can be a very rich and rewarding experience and go a long way in helping a young person turn his or her life around.

Times of Work: Weekdays daytime, Weekends daytime, Weekdays evenings
Primary Contact: Mr. Joseph Dinda
2295 Victoria Avenue Suite 195
Fort Myers, FL 33901
Fax: 239-3382663
Phone: 239-338-2652
Email: Joseph.Dinda@djj.state.fl.us
Website: http://www.djj.state.fl.us
Worker's Comp for Volunteers?: N
Benefits Offered:

none

Additional Information:

Possibility of internships for students in the Criminal Justice Program. Volunteers must go online to: volunteers - employement(download) - fill out package as employers - have finger prints and background check. There will be a second employer package to fill out.

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