UTEC?s Reentry Coach is a seasoned youth worker with lived experience that works Behind The Walls to provide programming support and services to young adults in various facilities in Middlesex and Essex county. In collaboration with the Re-entry Manager they seek to implement a transformative, signature program that can best reimagine the experience of young adults, motivating and inspiring their continued involvement, post-release. The Re-entry Coach will spend most of their time working in correctional facilities to deliver programming via restorative justice circles and supporting young adults in the development of Re-entry Preparation Packets in various facilities (Essex County Sheriff?s Department, Middlesex Sheriff?s Office, and the Massachusetts Department of Corrections, particularly MCI Concord). The ideal candidate is a strong group facilitator!
The Re-entry Coach will be responsible for delivering curriculum and support to young adults who are currently incarcerated at least 6 months pre-release where possible. They will be able to identify young adults that are a good fit for entering UTEC programming post-release and will ensure communication to the Outreach Coaches to support post-release needs. The Re-entry Coach will also be responsible for ensuring every young adult has completed a Re-entry preparation packet to address areas of need from housing, food, benefits, employment and education.
Implement an Inreach plan to target specific groups of young people such as those that are eligible for UTEC programming, and are at highest risk for recidivism post-release
Implement peace-making processes with all gang-involved youth Behind the Walls where conflict impedes young adult progress
Engage and participate in training for other staff around restorative justice circles
Communicate with Streetworker team when a young adult will be released to ensure continuation of services
Ensure that young adult referrals from project partners (jails and prisons, schools, probation department, gang unit, DYS, etc.) have proper follow and where eligible they have outreach and support plans
Facilitate small group talking circles in correctional facilities to address issues of shared interest and to deepen relationships
Ensure young adults returning from incarceration receive proper support via Streetworker and Reentry team, including picking them up from their facility, taking them out for a meal or haircut, bringing them to their family or transitional housing, etc.
Maintain updated paperwork and files on all young adults engaged in services
Ensure timely data entering and compliance with various grants and state contracts
Provide supportive counseling and advocacy for gang or justice-involved young adults.
Identify and provide resources, referrals, and follow-up for each youth re: education, employment, treatment, shelter, recreation, peacemaking, etc.
Develop partnerships with neighborhood organizations, social service agencies, and local and state institutions that may support youth with post-release services
Support 2-generational approaches via communication with the families of young adults
Attend monthly meetings with Funders and coalition partners
Intervene/practice respectful curiosity and follow up on incidents related to the youth population.
Be on 24-hour on-call to respond to youth crises (rotating schedule).
Contribute to UTEC site visits and tours of UTEC.
Education and Experience
Lived experience preferred
Bachelor?s degree a plus, at least 2 years of street outreach or re-entry experience
Experience working with proven risk young adults
Experience with justice-involved young adults
Experience with reentry work
Youth development experience
Knowledge of correction institutions, experience with restorative justice circles, and reentry programs
Valid driver?s license
How To Apply
If interested please email firstname.lastname@example.org