Program Description: The Veterans Justice Outreach Program serves as an essential link between justice-involved Veterans and VA and non-VA community based services. Within the Health Care System, VJO specialists advocate for the needs of justice-involved Veterans, provide information about available resources, facilitate engagement with mental health and substance abuse treatment, and provide support for Veterans who have recently reentered the community from incarceration.
Member Duties: The VISTA member selected for this position will contribute to building the capacity of the VJO Program by developing a sustainable Peer Mentorship Program for previously incarcerated Veterans. Responsibilities include designing the curriculum and structure of the peer mentorship program and developing strategies for recruiting and training VJO Peer Mentors. All applicants should possess a genuine interest in National Service, strong verbal and writing skills, strong computer skills, and be comfortable with public speaking. Applicants must have access to a car. Respect for, and interest in, working with people from diverse economic, ethnic and educational backgrounds expected. Excellent organizational and time management skills, good follow-through, and flexibility are also highly valued qualities for this position.
Program Benefits: Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend , Childcare assistance if eligible , Training , Health Coverage , Education award upon successful completion of service .
Terms: August 2013 – August 2014
Service Areas: Ex-Offender Reentry, Community Outreach.
Skills: Education, Computers/Technology, Recruitment, Public Speaking, Community Organization, Communications.
To apply: Apply online at www.americorps.gov
David Grillo. David.Grillo@va.gov