Guidelines for Infiniworks

This is a learning opportunity for you to develop an understanding of the duties and responsibilities for supervising young (under age 12) youth on a work crew. They are earning money to repay victims and restitution, while participating in a positive environment and learning new skills.

Guidelines

  • Dress appropriate for your shifts at CCJD. Follow the example of your supervisor and the standards they set. No revealing clothing, logos promoting alcohol, tobacco or drugs are allowed.
  • Do your best to listen to youth and supervisors. You can learn a lot about how follow up questions are asked and why decisions are made.
  • There are no wrong work related questions to ask staff, when youth are out of hearing range. This is your opportunity to learn as much has you can.
  • Many conversations between youth will be overheard. This information should be dealt with respectfully and confidentially. You have signed a confidentiality agreement. If you have any questions on this topic, ask your supervisor.

Support

  • Each person brings their own wisdom and experience. There may be opportunities when a supervisor will be explaining something and you’ll want to learn more. You are encouraged to ask about this out of the youth & families presence.
  • Being present, listening, caring and being genuine can have a huge impact on the youth we serve. Be aware of your presence and how it can impact a conversation or situation.
  • You are a role model to our youth. We ask that you recognize the impact you have on our youth and families and take it seriously. This includes foul language, time on your phone and working beside them rather than just observing them work.
  • Often adults supervising youth answer questions that come up during the day. It is not expected that the adults in the group share personally sensitive topics or something they themselves have or haven’t dealt with.
  • ‘Share the space’ – make sure youth have an opportunity to speak more than you.

Learning objectives

  • Gain knowledge and understanding of supervising the youngest youth we serve.
  • Learn philosophical perspectives endorsed and implemented by the Juvenile Department, such as Best Practices and Restorative Justice.
  • Observe and assist in the facilitation of completing a project and keeping youth motivated to repair harm.

Technical

  • You must be 21 years of age.
  • Shifts are every other Saturday 10-4:30, rain or shine. Arrive 15 minutes early.
  • One intern can split their time between two or more programs. Doing so is advised for a better learning experience.
  • Online trainings must be complete within 2 weeks of start date, or prior. Trainings include: Mandatory reporting, Bloodborne pathogens, Confidentiality, On-site shooter, Computer protocols, CJIS security training.
  • Attendance at all in-house trainings are required before your internship is complete. Trainings may include: Restorative Justice, CCJD overview, Working with Youth in the Community, and CPI if offered during internship time frame.
  • Additional opportunities to compliment your experience are: Court observations, Intake and Assessment (IAC) observation, informational interviews, observation of Drug Court, and observing one skills group. All will be scheduled by volunteer coordinator.
  • Hours of internship will be reported to Volunteer Coordinator monthly.
  • Trust your supervisor. They follow procedures for a purpose. Use each scenario and phone call as an opportunity to inquire about our processes and become more informed of department practices.
  • A second adult being present and listening to youth can be useful if youth discloses something that needs further attention.