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What Would Be Expected of Me as a Volunteer?

To become a volunteer for the youth commission, you first need to be recommended by your local district judge and police chief (if applicable). Most likely, you will visit the Youth Commission as a guest, and then the commission will send your information to the Juvenile Court. The Court will contact you and instruct you to get your ACT 33 and 34 clearances. After completion of that process, you will be sworn in by your local district judge and ready to go!
 
You will be given a handbook, and your local youth commission chairman will work with you to "show you the ropes." Most commissions meet one time a month, and you will be required to attend those meetings, and as well, you will be required to attend an orientation program and then one mandatory training per year, free of charge, given by the Juvenile Court. (These trainings are usually a few hours long and generally take place in the evenings.) Other requirements of volunteers include: 

  • Wearing proper attire to meetings as well as when meeting with assigned youth.
  • Treating everyone (other commission members, youth, families, etc.) with dignity and respect.
  • Following through on commitments with your commission and assigned youth.
  • Attend trainings as mentioned.
  • Keeping ALL information confidential!

Appropriate Dress Attire
Volunteers are expected to present a clean and neat appearance and dress to the standards that contribute to a casual professional image.

Training
The Juvenile Probation Office is available to the youth commission to provide training and technical assistance as needed. A liaison from the probation office is assigned to each youth commission and a probation supervisor oversees the program.

There will be one mandatory training held in December. This training will be offered to members free of charge. Also, a representative from the Juvenile Probation Department will attend one meeting at each commission yearly.

All new members will be required to attend orientation training. That training will be offered twice a year. New members will be sworn in at these trainings. Prospective members may observe proceedings, but cannot work directly with a juvenile until attending the orientation training.