Volunteer Opportunities

The Jefferson County Juvenile and Family Court relies upon community volunteers to support and enhance our mission in many ways. Depending upon the level of involvement a potential volunteer is willing to give, there are programs that might be suited to match your energy to help out the youth in our community. All these programs require that potential volunteers participate in training, pass a criminal background check, and commit to involvement for a minimum of 1 year. If you are interested in becoming a Juvenile Court volunteer, please contact us.

Community Service Work Partner

A Community Service Work Partner is a person who is involved in a non-profit organization that sees the benefit of a restorative justice approach and would like to work with youth in a "work" setting. Because our community service projects are based on the theory that kids working with community has healing properties, if there are individuals within your organization that can work with you alongside our community service teens on a project in the community, you are a great candidate for this work. There are guidelines for what types of work youth can perform on community service, and there are expectations around tracking hours performed and behavior "on the job." The number and type of youth that are available to do community work varies depending upon our number of referrals and community service hours ordered.

Community Accountability Board (CAB) Volunteer

A CAB volunteer is one who has limited time to commit, but wants to be involved in talking with youth and their families about issues that are causing trouble for the child. Their role is to meet with diversion youth (referred by the prosecuting attorney because of a first time criminal event) and their families in a semi-formal way to discuss the events that brought them into diversion. This Board is responsible for creating a Diversion Agreement with the youth that links kids to targeted interventions and also holds the youth accountable for their behavior.

Community Truancy Board (CTB) Volunteer

A CTB member is one who believes in the value of education and the importance of youth engagement in school. Youth who are exhibiting "truant" behaviors are referred by the court to Community Truancy Boards. These Boards are made up of school personnel, juvenile justice staff, treatment providers and community volunteers. Youth are referred to the CTB by the Juvenile Court, and it is the job of this Board to create a pathway for the child that can lead to a more successful experience in school.

Guardian ad Litem (GAL) & Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)

A potential GAL is a person who has a high level of commitment to children, an empathy and understanding of the impacts of child abuse and neglect, and a willingness to perform many hours of volunteer work on behalf of children involved in the child welfare system. The training for becoming a GAL is extensive and applicants are carefully screened. Please refer to the CASA and GAL Program page for more information regarding this volunteer opportunity.