Lawndale Christian Legal Center (“LCLC”) was founded in 2010 to provide legal services grounded in restorative justice for youth, age 24 and younger, in the Lawndale area. LCLC’s vision is to raise up justly treated youth who are embraced by their families and community, restored from trauma, empowered to lead, and free from the criminal justice system. LCLC provides legal representation integrated with social services such as case management, mentoring, after school programming, workforce development, and mental health services. LCLC is the only legal organization that serves youth through the end of their sentencing period after their case is over. As a community-based organization, LCLC serves residents from Chicago’s North Lawndale community. More information on LCLC can be found at www.lclc.net.
The Case Manager will work with youth who are part of the juvenile justice system and are referred to LCLC through its partnership with the juvenile public defender. The Case Manager will work with youth, ages 13-18, individually to set and achieve educational, career, and personal goals. The Case Manager will support youth to develop positive pro-social attitudes and behaviors, maintain court compliance, and decrease engagement in violent behavior.
Enroll and provide program orientation for referred youth until a caseload of 20 youth is created and maintained.
Meet with each youth 1.5 hours per week to provide one-on-one mentoring support including assessments, individualized achievement plans, and referrals for services
Collaborate with LCLC staff, especially attorneys representing youth, to foster a team-based intervention approach
Engage families in programming to support youth including planning and executing quarterly family engagement events
Plan field trips and programming to build youth skills and exposure to new experiences
Maintain accurate case notes, attendance records, electronic records in LCLC and CitySpan databases, and hardcopy files
Participate in program evaluation, including youth surveys and reporting, as directed
Attend all trainings as required
Please send cover letter and resume to Kim Rueter at email@example.com.
Qualifications and Requirements
2+ years experience engaging and building mentoring relationships with court-involved, urban minority youth
Self-starter that is passionate about supporting underserved youth
Strong leadership and communication skills in both group and individual settings
Valid driver’s license and vehicle for attending meetings and transporting youth
Travel to meetings in the community, including home and school visits