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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.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A second adult being present and listening to youth can be useful if youth discloses something that needs to be followed up on.

Read more about the application process and guidelines.


2121 Kaen Road Oregon City, OR 97045

Office Hours:

Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

24-hour Intake and Assessment Center
Phone: 503-650-3180
Fax: 503-650-3176