Guidelines for Theatre for Change

This is a learning opportunity for you to develop an understanding of the duties and responsibilities for supervising youth in a creative process. You will be working collaboratively with professionals and youth who will participate in a play they will write themselves, from their own experiences.

Learning objectives

  • Gain knowledge and understanding of supervising youth in a creative setting.
  • Understand concepts of confidentiality and providing a safe space for youth to be vulnerable with their experiences. Stories shared in this setting will be held with the highest level of privacy and respect. Learning how to manage this element is paramount to the success of youth development.
  • 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.

Compassionate support

  • Each person brings their own wisdom and experience. 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 participating with them vs. observing them engaging with each other.
  • There may be opportunities when an adult will be explaining something and you’ll want to learn more. You are encouraged to ask about these experiences.
  • 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 serious conversation or situation.
  • Many conversations between youth will be overheard. This information should be dealt with respectfully.


  • Dress appropriate for your time with youth. Follow the standard of your supervisor. 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 questions to ask staff, when youth are out of hearing grange. This is your opportunity to learn as much has you can.


  • You must be 21 years of age.
  • Schedules are set a few weeks prior to beginning the program. Attendance to all rehearsals is important for the success of the kids. This is especially relevant on performance night.
  • One intern can split their time between two or more programs. And doing so is advised for a better learning experience.
  • Clackamas County Juvenile, 9CCJD) Online trainings must be complete within 2 weeks of start date, or prior. – Mandatory reporting, Bloodborne pathogens, Confidentiality, On-site shooter, Computer protocols, CJIS security training.
  • Attendance at all in house trainings are required before internship is complete but need not be completed before the end of Theatre for Change. RJ, CCJD overview, Working with Youth in the Community. CPI if offered during internship time frame.
  • Additional opportunities to compliment your experience working with at risk youth are: Court observations, Intake and Assessment (IAC) observation, , Informational Interviews, observation of Drug Court, observing cognitive skills group – all will be scheduled by volunteer coordinator
  • Hours of internship will be reported to Volunteer Coordinator monthly for each program/project you are working with.
  • Trust your lead staff. They follow procedures for a purpose. Use each scenario and conversation with a youth as an opportunity to inquire about appropriate protocols and become more informed of best ways to work with you.
  • A second adult being present and listening to youth can be useful if youth discloses something that needs to be followed up on.
  • 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.