Facilitator, Youth Gun Diversion

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The Center for Court Innovation is a non-profit organization that works to create a more effective and humane justice system by performing original research and helping launch reforms by guiding justice innovators, nationally and internationally. The Center creates operating projects that have been documented to reduce the use of jail and prison, assist victims of crime, and strengthen communities. 

A project of The Center, the Midtown Community Court (Midtown) was launched in 1993 to reduce crime and incarceration, increase public trust in justice, and respond to the needs of its surrounding neighborhoods. Using a problem-solving justice approach, Midtown provides an array of services to thousands each year through its comprehensive onsite social services clinic and offers community restitution projects to repair harm done to communities throughout Manhattan. Through a range of alternative to incarceration, diversion, fatherhood, employment, and community engagement programming, Midtown strives to advance community interests and promote positive change among those affected by the justice system. 

The Midtown Community Court will pilot a youth diversion for gun possession initiative in collaboration with the New York City Law Department. This early diversion program will focus on 15-17-year-olds who were either charged with gun possession in Manhattan or reside in Manhattan and were charged in another borough. Participants who complete services in the community will have their charge dismissed upon successful completion instead of going through the traditional process. In addition to providing a critical diversion opportunity that addresses the root causes of gun violence, the program will provide educational support and job skills development, offer connections to health and wellness and other holistic services, and build youth connections to the community. 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to

  • Facilitate up to 2 community-building circles with youth participants per month, grounded in restorative justice practices;
  • Facilitate deliberative dialogues with youth participants;
  • Assist in program curricular development, with focus on community-building circle and deliberative dialogue plans;
  • Participate in evening and weekend community prosocial events, as needed;
  • Other relevant duties, as assigned.


  • Prior or current experience working as a violence interrupter or credible messenger training/certification preferred; 
  • Experience and/or comfort working with adolescents required; 
  • Understanding of dynamics related to gun violence in NYC communities required 
  • Individuals who are formerly incarcerated or have other experience in the criminal justice system are particularly invited to apply. 

Position Type:  Part-time, temporary. Average of 5 hours per month.

Compensation: $30/hour.

The Fund for the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation is an equal opportunity employer. The Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, national origin, age, military service eligibility, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other category protected by law. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities as well as individuals with prior contact with the criminal justice system.

As of September 9, 2021, all new hires are required to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for medical, disability or religious reasons by the Center’s Human Resources Department.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete an employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. Only applicants under consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please.

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The Center for Court Innovation is a non-profit organization that works to create a more effective and humane justice system by performing original research and helping launch reforms by guiding justice innovators, nationally and…

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  • Time Commitment
    Part Time Schedule
  • Professional Level
    Entry level


New York, NY 10019, US

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