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Coalition for Juvenile Justice and Reaching Home Announce Youth Advisor Opportunities in Fairfield County

2 December 2019

A group of teenagers with their hands together

The Reaching Home Campaign is embarking on a yearlong Collaboration for Change Training and Technical Assistance. This project will support Connecticut’s efforts in addressing the intersections between youth homelessness and juvenile justice systems. Partners will work together to assess how policies and practices may be criminalizing young people experiencing homelessness, identify ways to provide more diversion opportunities, and strengthen Connecticut’s reentry planning.

Two areas in the country have been selected to participate, Cincinnati, Ohio and Connecticut. The Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) and the National League of Cities (NLC) will serve as the training and technical assistant (TA) for Connecticut.

A Core Group, consisting of representatives from the Partnership for Strong Communities, Center for Children’s Advocacy, Melville Charitable Trust, Department of Housing, Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, Court Support Services Division, Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance, Supportive Housing Works, and the Juvenile Justice Policy and Oversight Committee, will be spearheading this effort.

The primary goal for the project is to develop a coordinated approach with more service options supporting the housing stability of minors exiting (and potentially those at risk of entering) the juvenile justice system by piloting an approach in one area of the state.

For this project, the Core Group has identified Stamford Judicial District as its targeted geographic area (Stamford, Greenwich, New Canaan, Darien, and Wilton).

As part of this project, the Coalition for Juvenile Justice is looking to hire 2-3 young people (16-24 years old) from the Stamford area who are passionate about speaking about their experiences with housing instability and juvenile justice, and are willing to use those experiences to help advise our partners.

You can apply for this position by emailing Carline Charmelus at carline@pschousing.org with a short description of your interest. Please answer these 4 questions:

  • Are you from the Stamford area?
  • Have you experienced housing instability or homelessness?
  • Have you experienced juvenile justice involvement?
  • Why do you want to do this work?

Click here for the job description.

Click here to learn more about the TA opportunity.

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