Youth Advocacy Associate (Temporary)

Job Type

Part Time Temporary


Details: Compensation is commensurate with experience.



Start Date:



1315 Walnut Street
4th Floor
United States



Juvenile Law Center advocates for rights, dignity, equity and opportunity for all youth in the child welfare and justice systems.

Founded in 1975, Juvenile Law Center is the first non-profit, public interest law firm for children in the country. Through litigation, appellate advocacy and submission of amicus (friend-of-the-court) briefs, policy reform, public education, training, consulting, and strategic communications, we fight for children who come into contact with the child welfare and justice systems. Widely published and internationally recognized as leaders in the field, Juvenile Law Center has substantially shaped the development of law and policy on behalf of youth. We strive to ensure that laws, policies, and practices affecting youth advance racial and economic equity and are rooted in research, consistent with children’s unique developmental characteristics, and reflective of international human rights values.



The Youth Advocacy Associate will work directly with and provide support to one of the current Youth Advocacy Program Managers of the Juvenile Law Center’s youth advocacy programs – Youth Fostering Change and Juveniles for Justice. The Program Manager works to shape the future direction of both programs including program evaluation, expansion, and sustainability. The programs serve cohorts of older youth, known as Youth Advocates, and a growing alumni network in our Youth Speakers Bureau program in Philadelphia, PA.

Youth Fostering Change specifically works with young people who are currently or were formerly involved in the child welfare system, conversely, Juveniles for Justice focuses on young people who have been involved in the juvenile justice system. Each year, the programs offer Youth Advocates an opportunity to assess the system's strengths and weaknesses based on their experiences, select an area of focus, determine a strategy to address it, and develop and implement advocacy projects, including campaigns, that works toward system reform. Along the way, Juvenile Law Center provides essential support, ensuring that Youth Advocates develop the skills they need to succeed. The development of these skills equip the Youth Advocates to share their experiences and opinions on the child welfare and juvenile justice systems with clarity and confidence.

Primary duties:

The responsibilities of the temporary Youth Advocacy Associate include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Providing counseling support to the Youth Advocates during times of crises, including locating referrals best suited to assist the youth.
  • Coordinating, communicating, and meeting with the youth’s support team such as the youth’s caregiver, attorney, caseworker, school counselor, and/or probation officer.
  • Assisting the youth with obtaining vital documents.
  • Submitting letters of support on behalf of the youth to the court, placements, or employers.
  • Working with the Youth Advocates and the Communications teams on blog requests and press interviews.
  • Providing workshop support for the Program Manager by attending the weekly workshops for Youth Fostering Change and Juveniles for Justice and drafting weekly curriculum.
  • Work with Youth Fostering Change and Juveniles for Justice in national and state-wide advocacy.


Minimum Qualifications:

The qualifications for this temporary position includes the following:

  • Masters of Social Work or related education (Education can be substituted by equal years of comparable experience)
  • A minimum of two (2) years of post-graduate experience in direct service with youth, specifically in conducting group sessions, managing community-based programs, and understanding of positive youth development principles
  • Experience in program design, management, and evaluation
  • A solid understanding of the criminal justice and child welfare system and its impact on communities of color and low-income communities
  • Demonstrated commitment to achieving social justice and/or criminal justice reform
  • Facilitation and public speaking experience (workshops, panels, discussions, classes, etc.)
  • Highly organized with excellent attention to detail
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Some travel required, including, but not limited to working some nights and weekends to chaperone overnight trips, events and presentations


The expectations for this position are as follows:

·        This position is anticipated to start in early April and conclude on Thursday, August 9, 2018.

·        The individual selected for this position will be expected to work in the office on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am – 6:00pm.

·        Commitment to working a minimum of sixteen (16) hours per week and up to a maximum of twenty (20) hours per week.


Compensation is commensurate with experience. Position is temporary, non-exempt, and ineligible for company benefits.

To Apply:

Please send cover letter describing interests and experience, a resume, and a list of three references in a single PDF to: Human Resources

Subject Line: Youth Advocacy Associate Application

Juvenile Law Center is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourages people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who are disabled, and those with personal experience in the juvenile justice or child welfare systems to apply. We do not discriminate or exclude prospective employees based on criminal backgrounds, or ex-offender status.

For more information about our Youth Advocacy programs, visit


Position is temporary, non-exempt, and ineligible for company benefits.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

To Apply:

Please send cover letter describing interests and experience, a resume, and a list of three references in a single PDF to: Human Resources

Subject Line: Youth Advocacy Associate Application