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Community Navigator (communities impacted by incarceration)

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Illinois Legal Aid Online


If your community is impacted by incarceration, become a Community Navigator volunteer to help people understand their rights, exercise those rights, and get legal representation when needed.

ILAO's Access to Justice Community Navigator Program recognizes the talent and expertise of community members directly affected by mass incarceration. Community Navigators serve as educators and connectors in their community by providing invaluable outreach, education, and access to legal services in Illinois.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Navigators may volunteer remotely and/or host small in-person gatherings until further notice.

Navigators are needed in central Illinois counties (or have a connection to or network in a downstate region).

Requirements include:

  • Participate in mandatory training on Unauthorized Practice of Law and Know Your Rights content
  • Conduct 10 presentations / workshops to a minimum of 100 community members over 12-14 weeks
  • Provide 20 legal referrals, 20 social service referrals, and 5 accompaniments during service period
  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Be highly motivated to promote equal justice and lessen the effects of mass incarceration and over-policing on criminalized communities
  • Navigators who fulfill requirements can receive a $1,200 stipend
  • If there are other ways we can use your special skills or talents to help develop our Community Navigator Program, let us know!

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About Illinois Legal Aid Online


120 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 900, Chicago, IL 60603, US

Mission Statement

The mission of Illinois Legal Aid Online is to lower barriers to the law so that people can understand their legal options, make informed decisions, and when necessary, represent themselves. ILAO leverages technology to put the law within reach for all Illinoisans regardless of their location, income, and education.


Illinois Legal Aid Online will continue its proactive leadership role to increase access to justice through the use of technology by pursuing three overall goals:

1. Provide lower-income Illinois residents with user-friendly legal information, educational articles and forms all written in plain English; "self-help" resources; and other related materials.

2. Provide information about pro bono opportunities, training and practice support and other relevant information and resources for current and prospective pro bono attorneys in Illinois.

3. Provide training and practice support tools and other relevant information and resources for legal aid advocates in Illinois.

Education & Literacy
Justice & Legal


We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.


  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Community Outreach
  • Legal (General)
  • Public Speaking
  • Relationship Building




  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • 40 hours. Volunteering includes attending trainings, performing outreach, scheduling and conducting community presentations, accompaniments, referrals and related activities.
  • Comfortable using personal social media platforms to reach your audience. Ability to practice social distancing if workshop is in person.

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