Lawndale Christian Legal Center (“LCLC”) was founded in 2010 to provide legal services grounded in restorative justice for youth, age 24 and younger, in the Lawndale area. LCLC’s vision is to raise up justly treated youth who are embraced by their families and community, restored from trauma, empowered to lead, and free from the criminal justice system. LCLC provides legal representation integrated with social services such as case management, mentoring, after school programming, workforce development, and mental health services. LCLC is the only legal organization that serves youth through the end of their sentencing period after their case is over. As a community-based organization, LCLC serves residents from Chicago’s North Lawndale community. More information on LCLC can be found at www.lclc.net.
The After School Program (ASP) Mentor will work with youth, age 18 and younger, who are involved in the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems, to set and achieve educational, career, and personal goals and will support youth to develop positive pro-social attitudes and behaviors, maintain court compliance, and decrease engagement in violent behavior. The ASP Mentor helps facilitate LCLC’s after school program, Tuesday through Saturday, working directly with court-involved youth on juvenile probation from North Lawndale referred to LCLC by their Probation Officer. The ASP Mentor reports directly to the After School Program Director.
Maintain a case load of 15-20 youth involved in the juvenile justice system
Help youth create a service plan including their short and long-term goals, and the steps they need to take to achieve those goals with incentives built in for achieving goals
Monitor progress of each youth on their service plan
Communicate and work closely with other LCLC staff – legal and social – in developing a network of support for youth
Conduct home, school, and court advocacy visits to establish supportive relationships with families, schools, probation and parole officers, and community partners
Plan and lead effective, constructive programming to help court-involved youth develop important life skills, leadership, and practice good citizenship
Complete daily attendance and behavior reports for youth
Provide timely reports for court as needed (may require occasional court appearances)
Visit or correspond with youth in custody as needed
Attend weekly staff meetings, meetings with supervisor, and monthly team meetings
Open communication during non-work hours about behavior reports
Application: Please send cover letter and resume to Maurice Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2+ years experience engaging and building mentoring relationships with court-involved, urban minority youth
Self-starter that is passionate about supporting underserved youth
Strong leadership and communication skills in both group and individual settings
Valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and vehicle for attending meetings and transporting youth
Travel to meetings in the community, including home and school visits
Willingness to live in North Lawndale
Minorities encouraged to apply
Additional Salary Information: 30-35 hours per week; Tue and Thu 9:00am-2:00pm, Wed and Fri 2:00-8:00pm, and Sat 9:00am-2:00pm