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Project Rebound from Sacramento State University (left) and youth peruse tables (right) at the northern complex resource fair held Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. Photos by Rachel Stern.
NC complex youth “Launched into Success” at job fair
More than a dozen community resource organizations converged at the Stockton complex last week (Nov.7) for a fair aimed at linking youth with educational, vocational and training opportunities in preparation for their reentry to the community.
Among the participants were members of the Sacramento and Los Angeles Chapters of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, Civic Corps of Oakland, Delta College, which provides vocational training leading directly to employment, and the California Conservation Corps, which will provide a newly forming training program to allow youth to qualify for placement in CCC.
Project Rebound, which helps formerly incarcerated youth and adults to complete degrees at four year colleges, was among the participants. “It’s nice because some of them used to be in prison, so I can see what they’re saying changes people,” one youth commented after the Project Rebound workshop.
The event was coordinated by VISTA members assigned to the complex with the mission of linking youth to community resources. Youth heard informational sessions in the morning and went to break out workshops in the afternoon. “It was a fantastic success,” said Dainette Bowens, statewide re-entry coordinator. “Participation by the youth was off the charts.”
Also present at the fair was Rachel Stern, Executive Officer of the Board of Juvenile Hearings. She was there to inform youth on the Honorable Discharge Program, in which youth who demonstrate success in the community after leaving custody can use that designation as proof of rehabilitation, potentially clearing barriers to future employment.
“This was a great opportunity for our youth to really connect with resources that will help them transition to adulthood as they leave us”, said Stern. “The personal connections they were able to make with potential schools and employers was invaluable.”
A similar event was held at Ventura YCF last Spring with participation by groups like Homeboy Industries, Santa Monica College and the LAX Apprenticeship Program, which is training and hiring construction workers to build capital improvements at the busy international air hub.
We’re growing. Grow with us. Here are some current job postings
Program Specialist – Training, Enrichment and Development
Will consider: Treatment Team Supervisor | Supervising Casework Specialist | Senior Psychologist Specialist | Supervising Psychiatric Social Worker I
This is an exciting new position that will serve as the core coordinator for the development of the new Pre-service Training Institute’s curriculum, tools and resources. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of, or passion to learn about Trauma Informed Care and Positive Youth Development. Conducts research and consults with departmental staff, leadership, academia and other external experts. Final Filing date of 12/2/2019.
Instructional Designers (AGPA)
DJJ is recruiting multiple Instructional Designers (AGPA) to help write curriculum for the new department. These permanent, full-time positions, located at the Stockton Training Center will work closely with staff and subject matter experts from inside and outside the department, and drive the future of training for YCR. Looking for individuals who want to make a difference, and are strong writers. Interested candidates should apply by 11/23/2019.
DJJ is recruiting one custodian position as a member of the Stockton Training Center team, performing critical custodial duties to ensure a clean and safe environment and assist in the day to day functioning of the unit. Final Filing date of 12/2/2019.
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