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Friday, June 11, 2004

  • By: Rebecca Kendig
  • Organization: Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana

The Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) , a new project, is actively seeking an individual to fill a case management position. YEP is an intensive aftercare and case management program for Orleans Parish youth who are exiting Louisiana's juvenile prisons and rejoining their families and communities. YEP links these youth with existing social services and community resources which address their personal and developmental needs. YEP provides culturally competent, strength-based tools and supports necessary to empower these youth and their families to advocate for themselves and navigate the legal, social service, and greater community systems. YEP, through collaboration with these youth and their families, enhances these youths' sense of hope for the future and strengthens their foundation for success; thus breaking the cyclical nature of the criminal justice system.

Job Duties Shall Include: Interviewing youth at juvenile correctional facilities; Conducting home visits with families in New Orleans; Working with youth and families to develop empowerment plans that will comprehensively address their goals and needs; Conducting psychosocial assessments of each youth served; Developing a case file on each client that includes educational, mental health and court records; Working with an attorney to provide needed legal representation to youth in court; Connecting youth and families with appropriate social services and ensuring quality service delivery.

Desired Qualifications: A bachelor's degree and preferably a master's degree in social work, counseling, education or related field; Excellent writing and communication skills; Experience working with low income families and children; Cultural competence and sensitivity to issues such as racism and poverty; Familiarity with the city of New Orleans; Knowledge of social service agencies in the New Orleans area; Current driver's license and regular access to a vehicle.

To Apply, please send the following information: A cover letter indicating your interest in and ability to work with youth transitioning from juvenile prisons; A writing sample; A resume/curriculum vitae; Names and contact information of four references. Salary Range: $25,000-$30,000 + health insurance and paid vacation. Please send application packet to: Rebecca Kendig c/o Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana 1600 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70113.

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