Join AIR as a Youth Reentry Technical Assistance Fellow with our Youth, Family, and Community Development program to foster equitable pathways for young people, families, and communities to thrive.
The Youth Reentry Technical Assistance (YRTA) Fellowship Program is a three-year training and technical assistance-oriented fellowship dedicated to integrating lived experience into work with state and community-based organizations, aiming to provide equitable and meaningful youth reentry programming. As part of the YRTA team, Fellows will receive comprehensive training and professional development to enhance their existing skills and experience, positioning them to offer ongoing expertise in the justice system. The YRTA Fellowship Program is designed for individuals who have been impacted by the juvenile justice system, particularly those with lived experience. The 2024 YRTA Fellowship Program will engage two fellows from February 2024 through September 2026. This is a paid fellowship, and health benefits are included. Fellows are expected to work 30 hours a week (75% work schedule).
Fellows will work directly for the Youth Reentry Technical Assistance Center housed at AIR, which serves as the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) training and technical assistance provider supporting OJJDP Second Chance Act Youth Reentry grantees. The Youth Reentry Technical Assistance Center serves over 50 Youth Reentry grantees from across the country through learning events, relationship-centered coaching, and evidence-informed resources. This grant provides funding to support states, units of local government, Tribal entities, and community-based organizations in developing programs that offer comprehensive reentry services for moderate- to high-risk youth before, during, and after release from confinement. The grant aims to support transitional services that assist youth in successful reintegration into the community and deliver relevant training to key stakeholders positioned to impact the youth's reentry process.
Fellows will receive coaching and training to enhance their competencies in delivering high-quality training and technical assistance. Fellows will:
- Collaborate with staff in the delivery of all TTA activities.
- Participate in Youth Reentry Technical Assistance Center team meetings and ad-hoc discussions.
- Assist in the planning and facilitation of peer learning events and training webinars with states and territories related to the implementation of their reentry systems change and programs. They will also contribute to the planning and facilitation of conference sessions focused on youth inclusion and reentry.
- Help develop and present resources and tools highlighting reentry best practices, innovations, and research.
- Assist in building connections with youth-led organizations, lived experience subject matter experts, and other avenues to deepen the integration of a range of youth perspectives into the Youth Reentry Technical Assistance Center’s deliverables.
- Co-lead the identification, development, and delivery of events and materials to raise awareness about the importance of reentry services during Second Chance Act Month.
- Provide advice on ways to integrate lived experience into all training events and resources.
- Collaborate with Lead Coaches to aid grantees in integrating youth-adult partnership, youth engagement, and peer mentorship into their reentry projects.
- Ensure the integration of youth voice into all Youth Reentry Technical Assistance Center resources, such as strategies to assist states and communities in building their inclusion of youth into their committees, processes, and programmatic planning.
- Provide insight on how to model youth-adult partnership within the management and delivery of Youth Reentry Technical Assistance Center services.
- Collaborate with OJJDP to help inform resources and supports for youth and young adults and support national efforts.
Education, Knowledge, and Experience:
- High School Diploma or equivalent
- Experience with juvenile justice systems is a plus but not required
- Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work with individuals at all levels and from diverse backgrounds
- Ability to lead and collaborate on small and medium-sized projects, organize project completion steps, and collaborate with others to complete projects/assignments
- Strong solution-focused orientation in overcoming challenges
- Comfortable working independently and as a member of a team
- Great attention to detail and strong work ethic
- Ability to identify, review, consolidate, and translate resource and practice into practical strategies or tools
- Excellent communication skills with the ability to collaborate efficiently in a virtual work environment