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Volunteer Child Advocate Training

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ORGANIZATION: THE YOUNG CENTER FOR IMMIGRANT CHILDRENS RIGHTS

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The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights is training volunteers to serve as Child Advocates for unaccompanied immigrant children in immigration detention. Our next training is scheduled for March 11th and 12th, 2023.

A Child Advocate is a volunteer that spends time with, and supports a vulnerable unaccompanied immigrant child through weekly meetings.

We welcome volunteers from all cultures, professions, races, ethnicities and social backgrounds.

As a Child Advocate, you will:

  • Visit with the child each week in the facility they are living in. There are shelters around the state, primarily in Avondale, Phoenix, Mesa, Glendale, and Tucson.
  • Connect with the child during your weekly meetings through games, activities, or other creative methods (drawing/painting, board games, sensory activities, books, etc).
  • Help the child think through options and decisions.

  • Accompany the child to court hearings and other important meetings and interviews.

  • Keep detailed case notes after your meetings. These help Young Center staff advocate for the child's best interests to decision makers in the child's case.

  • Maintain communication with the Young Center staff.

  • Receive continuous support and resources from the Young Center, during and after your case assignments.

To become a Child Advocate, you must:

  • Be 21+ years old
  • Be fluent or highly proficient in Spanish, Mam, Quiche, Q'eqchi, Q'anjobal, Turkish, Pashto, American Sign Language or other Sign Languages
  • Be able to travel to at leaser one of the facilities served by the Young Center in Mesa, Phoenix, Avondale or Tucson
  • Attend a two-day in-person training in March 2023.
  • Clear a federal and state level background check.
  • Provide proof of a negative tuberculosis test within the past 12 months to enter a detention facility.
  • Provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Be willing to commit to approximately one hour per week to visit with an immigrant child.

If you are interested in attending the next Child Advocate Training in March or would like more information about the Child Advocate program in Phoenix, please contact Isobel Conroy at iconroy@theyoungcenter.org. You can also fill out an interest form online at: https://www.theyoungcenter.org/volunteer-child-advocate-interest-form

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About THE YOUNG CENTER FOR IMMIGRANT CHILDRENS RIGHTS

Location:

3800 N Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012, US

Mission Statement

The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights protects and advances the rights and best interests of immigrant children according to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and state and federal law.

Description

Bring hope to their journey of a thousand miles. Be a child advocate for an unaccompanied immigrant child.

The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights is training volunteers to serve as Child Advocates for unaccompanied immigrant children in immigration detention.

The role of the Child Advocate is to meet with the child, learn the child's story over time, and advocate for that individual child's best interests.

To become a Child Advocate, you must:
-Be at least 21 years old
-Submit to a background check and health screening
-Participate in the Young Center Training
-Be approved by the Young Center

We are particularly interested in volunteers who speak Spanish but this opportunity is available for anyone interested!

CAUSE AREAS

Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
Immigrants & Refugees
Advocacy & Human Rights, Children & Youth, Immigrants & Refugees

WHEN

Sat Mar 11, 2023 - Sun Mar 12, 2023
09:00 AM - 03:00 PM

WHERE

3800 North Central AvenuePhoenixPhoenix, AZ 85012

SKILLS

  • Spanish
  • Child Advocacy
  • Immigration Law
  • Advocacy
  • Youth Services
  • Child Welfare

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • One hour weekly visits

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