Avenues for Justice (AFJ) was one of the first Alternative to Incarceration programs for youth in the US and has been consistently Hispanic and African American led for 40+ years. Our 300+ participants each year, 13 – 24, either have court-involved legal matters or are at risk of involvement in the criminal justice system. AFJ provides on-going court advocacy to ensure that participants can receive services instead of being incarcerated, providing wraparound programs of case management, education, employment training, and mentoring.
Responsibilities: Develop, implement, and maintain training programs, workshops and volunteer involved programs that include but are not limited to:
Digital literacy, Entrepreneurship, & OSHA construction training:
● Recruit, enroll, and lead tutoring and instruction for self-paced individual study and group classes in these two separate subjects.
● Administer tests and track progress, certifications earned.
● Teach additional digital literacy skills for social media and communications, basic web development with user friendly platforms such as WIX.
● Provide same services for any additional training classes added.
● Teach collaboratively with court advocates and / or corporate volunteers as needed.
● Assist court advocates in recruiting participants, ensuring they join classes.
● Assist management in outreach, recruitment and communications with corporate volunteers who lead workshops.
● Assist corporate volunteers with any needs in implementing successful classes.
Life skills workshops:
● Assist court advocates in recruiting participants, ensuring they join classes for creative writing, legal rights, careers, mental health and other workshops as scheduled.
● Assist workshop leaders with any needs in implementing successful classes.
Record-keeping for all activities:
● Maintain attendance records, track test scores, graduations and course completions, certifications earned and other progress markers in central online location shared with other program and development staff.
● Liaison between program and development / fundraising staff to communicate activities and write workshop progress reports.
● Prepare and distribute training materials to participants, volunteers, and staff.
● Recruit, train, and monitor volunteers for academic tutoring, leading workshops.
● Work collaboratively with staff on outreach to corporations to recruit partnerships and volunteers.
● Assist in preparing outreach materials, messaging.
● Assist in developing and / or implementing outreach activities for participants including community events, city council and community board events, college visits, field trips.
• Perform all other duties as assigned by the Executive Director and Manager of Court Advocacy and Outreach.
● Commitment to youth of underserved communities;
● A bachelor’s degree is required;
● The position requires the ability to communicate effectively with youth, parents, teachers and court personnel;
● Creativity and strong writing skills are required;
● Bilingual – Spanish/English preferred.
● Ability to teach and mentor teens and young adults who have faced many challenges
● Ability to track results, keep organized records on-line; and
● Team worker, ability to serve as liaison between program and development staff.
● Two community centers in Harlem (East 130th Street) and the Lower East Side (by Tompkins Square Park) – work week schedule split between locations
● Meetings as needed at our headquarters at the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse in Lower Manhattan.
How To Apply
Submit resume and materials:
● Submit cover letter, resume, and 2 writing samples.
● Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org