Youth Advocacy Program Orientation & Training Tonight at 6pm

Those interested in participating in our “Free MI Kids” Youth Advocacy Program (YAP) should plan to attend tonight’s Justice League Training on Monday, September 18, at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Public Library (3030 Poplar Ave) at 6pm where members will be prepared for time with Project STAND students at G.W. Carver High School. All potential group mentors, discussion leaders, and other participants should attend.

The goal of the YAP Training Session is to prepare MI members for group interaction with youth aged 16-18 who have had contact with the justice system. After orientation, training will cover the following topics: how to be a good mentor and engaging opportunity youth.

YAP’s goal is to resource and mentor Carver opportunity youth in a way that recognizes individual youth potential, while providing tools to become better self-advocates. We will also assist youth in goal setting, developing positive self-identity, and communicating social priorities to policy makers. Through our discussions and activities, we additionally aim to gather youth perspectives on education, the youth justice system, and social progress.

Service Opportunities

Mentors

Mentors of all ages and demographics are needed for our Carver Youth Advocacy program (YAP).   For more information on Carver, see here.  Mentors must attend our Youth  Advocacy Program Training on Monday, September 18, at 6pm, Benjamin Hooks Public Library.    If interested attend the 9/18 YAP Training and/or email pjmimemphis@gmail.com.

Juvenile Justice Volunteers

For those that qualify, we would love to have a few Shelby County Juvenile Court volunteers in our group, especially in light of our “Free MI Kids” Campaign. See this link for more information, requirements and procedure.  Email pjmimemphis@gmail.com to let us know if you decide to apply!

Immigration Liaison
Also, we are still seeking a liaison to find ways that we can support and partner with our Latino brothers and sisters in this struggle that touches the new wave of mass incarceration–immigration detention.  If interested, email pjmimemphis@gmail.com.