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Department of Juvenile Justice, Circuit 20

County: Charlotte, Hendry, Collier, Lee, Glades
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 10-18. Any youth arrested or taken into custody for a criminal offense can either receive prevention and intervention services. Each youth goes through legal process and if found guilty or has entered a plea may be placed on probation or in a residential commitment facility. When placed on probation, it becomes the responsibility of the Department to monitor youth's progress towards sanctions imposed by the court and CHANGE goals developed with the youth based on their risk to re-offend. 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 to re-offend. 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: Most youth under the supervision of the Department of Juvenile Justice comes from one-parent homes. Others may not have 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, Weekdays evenings, Weekends daytime
Primary Contact: Mrs. Lut Clarcq
2295 Victoria Avenue Suite 195
Fort Myers, FL 33901
Fax: (239) 338-2663
Phone: (863) 673-0836
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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