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What Can I do as a Volunteer?
Our department offers an educational and training opportunity for students who want
to learn more about Juvenile Court and Juvenile Probation as a
career field. This applicant is a student who has enrolled for
internship college credit for the hours he/she will spend working
at Juvenile Court.
Interns work under the supervision of a probation officer or supervisor for hands
on experience in the day-to-day casework and administrative duties
in the various areas of the Probation Department. Typical duties
include, but are not limited to the following casework under the
supervision of the probation officer: report writing, filing,
contacts, surveillance, staffing's, court observation, helping
in detention and any special projects as assigned.
Interns assigned to a Community Justice Community sit on a CJC panel and help with
the casework and paperwork required of CJC probation officers.
Volunteer Probation Officer
The volunteer can be assigned to a probation officer, a supervisor, a Community Justice
Committee, or detention. Duties might include casework involving
one or more children on a probation officer’s caseload,
report writing, telephone and/or personal follow-up, assessments,
staffing's, court preparation, court observation and attendance.
Some volunteers work with diversion programs like CUTS, Teen Court, oar Drug Diversion.
Others may work in more specialized areas such as Drug Court or
Assignments are based on the volunteer’s preferences and skills, and offer an
opportunity to develop those skills.
Community Justice Committee Volunteer
CJC volunteers are assigned to one of our
Community Justice Committees and work under
the supervision of the CJC probation officer. Duties include:
meeting at times and locations arranged by the PO, reviewing individual
case files and related paperwork on each child to be interviewed,
discussing the case with family and child, discussing the case
with panel members and PO, determining consequences to be met
by each child, assisting in the preparation of the paperwork needed,
and other duties helpful to the Committee as assigned by the CJC PO.
Community Advisory Board
Citizen volunteers representing diverse professional and cultural backgrounds are
appointed to the Community Advisory Board by the presiding Juvenile
Court Judge to help evaluate and enhance services provided by
the Maricopa County Juvenile Court Center. Their common interests
ensure that Juvenile Court practices continue to reflect the best
interests of youth, families, victims, and the community.
The purpose of the CAB is to: (1) identify community goals for the Juvenile Court;
(2) evaluate the services provided by Juvenile Court; (3) make
recommendations regarding the types and quality of service provided;
and (4) serve as a sounding board for the Court and its staff
on new ideas and programs.
Volunteers interested in serving on this Board are encouraged to submit their applications
to the CAB and attend three meetings before they can be appointed
Tutors are our volunteers who serve in the detention facilities at Durango or SEF, and provide
educational enrichment to our youth in detention by helping them
with school subjects. Students who are attending school in detention
are given educational assistance by our volunteer tutors in various
subjects including reading, math, social studies and language.
Tutors are encouraged to give educational presentations to our
youth in detention in a variety of subjects, career fields, counseling
programs, and life skills.
This is a general category for all of our volunteers who have chosen to
work on a particular project or a particular committee within the Juvenile
Probation Department. This volunteer will have an orientation and training
session as is given to all volunteers and will receive specialized
training in the area he/she is assigned. The volunteer will be
under the supervision of the Juvenile Probation staff member who
is supervising or managing that project or committee for the Department.
Examples of such a volunteer are those volunteers assisting on
Project SCRUB or Restorative Justice Committee.