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, age 18-24, who are involved in the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems, to set and achieve educational, employment, and personal goals and will support youth to develop positive pro-social attitudes and behaviors, maintain court compliance, and decrease engagement in violent behavior.
Maintain a case load of 15-20 emerging adults, age 18-24, involved in the criminal justice system
Recruit, enroll and provide program orientation for each referred adult
Complete Social Assessment, Self-Sufficiency Matrix, and develop Individualized Service Plan with each individual indicating short and long term goals and the steps needed to achieve those goals
Meet with each emerging adult weekly (home, school or in the community) to provide one-on-one mentoring support, complete assessments, individualized service plans, make referrals to community services identified through assessment, and work with adult to increase job retention
Conduct monthly cohort meetings, providing life skill training
Coordinate job fairs and workshops for program participants
Refer participants to NLEN’s U-Turn Permitted Program for workforce development training
Collaborate and maintain regular communication with NLEN Workforce Coaches on referred adult’s progress and next steps for employment
Conduct job site visits, building relationships with employers to increase job retention
Collaborate with LCLC staff, attorneys representing adults and program staff to foster a team-based intervention approach
Collaborate with LCLC workforce program staff, connecting adults to eligible programs
Maintain accurate case notes, attendance records, electronic records in LCLC and CitySpan databases, and hardcopy files
Participate in program evaluations, including participant surveys and reporting, as directed
Attend community meetings to build relationships with community service providers
Attend all trainings as required
Please submit cover letter, resume, and list of three references to Kim Rueter at email@example.com. No phone calls please.
Qualifications and Requirements
3+ 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