Summary: The Community Peacebuilding Team of the Latin American Youth Center engages high-risk and gang-involved youth in violence intervention and prevention and is seeking volunteer university students or recent graduates to assist with the following discrete projects and longer-term internships: – Community focus group facilitation (May-June) – Restorative justice research and facilitation (April onwards) – Summer youth development and violence intervention (June-August) – Youth violence program evaluation (April onwards)
What is LAYC? Founded in 1968, the Latin American Youth Center has grown from a small grassroots recreation center to a nationally recognized organization serving all low-income youth and families across the District of Columbia and in Maryland’s Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties. LAYC operates a regional network of youth centers and public charter schools with a shared commitment to meet young people where they are and help them make a successful transition to young adulthood. LAYC provides multi-lingual, culturally sensitive programs in five areas; Educational Enhancement, Workforce Investment, Social Services, Art + Media, and Advocacy.
More About the Community Peacebuilding Team Based in Columbia Heights, the LAYC Community Peacebuilding Team focuses on violence prevention and the constructive resolution of conflict through one-on-one outreach and case management, gang intervention clubs, diversionary restorative justice services, intensive summer programming, a year-long peace advocate youth leadership project, and community networking. We are a small, but growing, team that prides itself supporting a culture of open communication, distributive leadership, collaborative decision-making, and creative initiative.
Opportunities to Get Involved: –
Community focus group facilitation: We are looking for experienced facilitators to help run 6-8 community focus groups mid May to June (mostly in the evenings). The focus groups will pull together a representative cross-section of Wards 1 and 4 as part of our community listening project. Facilitators will support a dialogue around their personal experiences and perspectives on issues of youth violence. –
Restorative justice research and advocacy: We are seeking solid research into relevant local policies and the comparative effectiveness of restorative practices in schools and juvenile justice systems so as to better advocate for city policymakers, school administrators, local agencies, and funders to place greater priority restorative alternatives. This may constitute a discrete research assignment or a long-term internship with an additional role in public outreach and advocacy. –
Summer youth development: From late June to early August, we need full-time assistance providing 32 hours of weekly programming in leadership and professional development, social entrepreneurship, social-emotional learning, communication and conflict resolution, and community organizing. The program includes workshops, dialogue, activities in the community, and possible field trips. Familiarity with any of these areas of youth development and experience in experiential processes, as well as availability to start early June is desirable. –
Youth violence program evaluation: Amongst US non-profits, LAYC has one of the largest and highly-regarded evaluation teams. We are looking for volunteers to help design and implement evaluation surveys , as well as input and analyze data, either on a discrete or ongoing basis. If you would like to explore one or more of these opportunities, please contact Tarek at 202-319-8641 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or a resume and cover letter describing your interest and suitability for the particular position(s).