Job Title: Court Advocate
Pay: $50,000-$65,000 per year
FLSA Status: Full-time with benefits package (health, dental, vision, FSA after 60 days), 80 hours of PTO for the first year with paid company holidays).
Schedule: Full-time: M-F, 9am to 5pm
Travel: Local travel required. Personal vehicle recommended
Details: This position is slated to start January 2, 2023
Summary: Youth Empowerment for Advancement Hangout (YEAH) is a Black-led, community-based non-profit supporting teens and young adults in West and Southwest Philadelphia ages 15 to 24 who are impacted by violence. YEAH works to create safe and authentic hangout spaces by providing culturally relevant engagement and implementing teen led interventions to address the root causes of violence. Utilizing teen action through peer led mediation and conflict resolution, community engagement, and economic opportunities, YEAH interrupts the cycle of youth community violence. YEAH acknowledges teens and young adults as the experts of their own lives and prioritizes pushing back against oppressive systems and addressing structural barriers that often lead to violence.
The Youth Empowerment and Violent Crime Initiative (VCI) is a program component within YEAH that focuses on providing holistic and culturally relevant community support and case management services to teens and young adults within the juvenile justice system. The main goals of this initiative include:
- Engaging and supporting teens and young adults both prior to release and when released from the Juvenile Justice Services Center (JJSC).
- Providing intensive support services as pilot programming to teens and young adults within the juvenile justice system to address victimization, gaps in services, violence reduction, continuity of care, and the overall well-being of youth related to culturally relevant behavioral health & restorative justice services.
- Providing monetary incentives in addition to training, community engagement, and psychoeducational workshops that improve the quality of life of teens and young adults in Philadelphia and build skills relevant to life and violence reduction.
- Connecting teens and young adults to sustainable services in and outside of YEAH that are beneficial to the individual based on their circumstance.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities: The part-time court advocate will focus on providing in person court support and advocacy, while working in partnership with other VCI staff. This position is also responsible for maintaining relationships with relevant lawyers and court staff, note taking in court, conducting assessments, inputting documentation/notes in database, obtaining subpoenas, and providing court updates as necessary to VCI staff. This includes attending all court dates, being a strong advocate in court working with young people, working in partnership with lawyers, providing monthly court updates to YEAH staff, and overall assisting young people with getting out of the system.
Job Requirements: Valid driver’s license and ability to drive are required. Philadelphia residency or becoming a resident within 3 months is required. High school diploma required; Bachelor’s preferred. Candidates must have a demonstrated background and expertise of working with Black identifying teenagers and young adults and outstanding engagement with youth and young adults, providing outstanding advocacy in systems, specifically the court system; demonstrated track record of successfully building healthy and trusting relationships with this population; candidates should be detail oriented, have life and professional experience in social work, human services, a strong interest in social justice and the ability to grasp concepts around violence, race, and systems, as well as the ability to stand up against systems and advocate for the best interest of young people; excellent verbal and written communication skills; and excellent time management and organizational skills. Those who identify racially or ethnically as Black or Brown and have been personally impacted by the criminal justice system or violence (directly or indirectly) are strongly encouraged to apply. Majority of this position will be spent in court and providing advocacy and documentation.
- Develop and build healthy, trusting relationships with teens and young adults and empower them to learn how to advocate for their needs.
- Attend all court dates and provide ongoing court support and advocacy.
- Take notes in court, conduct assessments, obtain subpoenas as necessary. Document progress in database.
- Maintain all documentation and utilize databases to provide written updates on progress.
- Visit teens and young adults who are currently in custody, placements or holding facilities.
- All other duties assigned
To apply, please email resume/CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org and use Court Advocate as the subject line. In your cover letter, please discuss your professional experience working with Black communities in a court advocacy role, advocating on behalf of young Black people, and working to dismantle systemic racism. Qualified candidates will be contacted for an in-person interview. Based on organizational capacity, unqualified applicants or those providing an incomplete application will not be contacted.
Youth Empowerment for Advancement Hangout (YEAH) is an equal opportunity employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained staff. Women, minorities, people with lived experience, disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, YEAH does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs.
The above job description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position. Employees will follow any other instructions and perform any other related duties as assigned by their supervisor.