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Regional Ambassador (Virtual Volunteer Opportunity)

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Volunteer Remotely and Help Promote Juvenile Justice

Volunteer as a Regional Ambassador for the Steps Towards Justice Hike-a-Thon event hosted by Advancing Real Change, Inc. on Saturday, May 22nd, and Sunday, May 23rd . Justice advocates from near and far will hike (or bike, skate, etc.) at a location of their choice to fundraise and spread awareness about ARC, Inc.’s juvenile justice work. Hike-a-thon participants will register online and encourage friends and family to pledge donations toward their activity.

Regional Ambassadors will lead efforts in their communities and encourage others to sign up or to make a pledge toward a participant. Using a personalized fundraising page and the promotional materials which will be provided, Ambassadors will lead outreach efforts in their area. Volunteers may also lead a group of local hikers (if participating in person - socially distanced, of course). Each Ambassador can choose to participate on one or both Hike-a-thon days.

Regional Ambassadors must be 18 years of age or older. Volunteers are required to attend a 40-minute virtual training session before starting outreach efforts.

If you are interested, please complete the questionnaire. Contact Mary at if you have any questions.

Why become a Regional Ambassador?

  • It’s an opportunity to help vulnerable individuals by learning and spreading awareness about the injustices of juvenile life sentencing and powerful efforts to end it.
  • You will join a larger community of others supporting juvenile justice advocacy.
  • This opportunity builds skills such as marketing, project management, etc.
  • Upon request, you can receive volunteer hours with proper documentation.
  • Event swag - just as a small token of our appreciation!

How the Hike-a-Thon Benefits Juvenile Justice Efforts

Children in 26 states are subject to life without the possibility of parole (LWOP). An estimated 2,600 individuals are currently serving LWOP for crimes committed before age 18 and courts continue to impose new sentences every year. Mitigation is highly effective in changing this. Mitigation is the process of investigating and presenting a person’s full and accurate life history to convey their humanity to judges, juries, prosecutors, and parole boards. A client’s life often includes complex traumas due to systemic injustices, poverty, abuse, and other contributing factors. Knowing these details aids decision-makers in seeing a client’s humanity and arriving at just outcomes.

Donations for the Steps Towards Justice Hike-a-Thon will help ARC, Inc. cover costs related to juvenile mitigation investigations such as obtaining key school, medical, employment, and other records for clients or local transportation to visit clients and key witnesses. Funding also supports the programming which provides free training to thousands of legal advocates and defenders who bring mitigation to juvenile cases across the country. Together, the efforts supported by the Hike-a-thon help to ensure that individuals from underserved areas who are facing extreme sentences can obtain justice and a chance to return to their communities.

To learn more about ARC, Inc. and our Juvenile Justice Program, visit or contact Mary at .

More opportunities with ADVANCING REAL CHANGE INC

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309 N. Charles Street, 3rd Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201, US

Mission Statement

Advancing Real Change, Inc. promotes justice by ensuring that the life histories of people ​charged with crimes are at the forefront of their cases.


We serve as mitigation specialists on defense teams for indigent clients facing extreme sentences. Our goal is to develop an accurate, multi-dimensional account of the accused's life, including investigating the circumstances of the offense. Each investigation requires multiple in-depth conversations with the client, interviews with those with knowledge of the client's life, and exhaustive records searches. Because each client's experiences are unique, no two investigations are the same.

We pursue our mission by
- engaging in direct casework,
- hosting and presenting at high-quality trainings for defenders at all stages of their professional development,
- providing technical assistance, and
- providing high-quality online training and materials such as our Resource Clearinghouse.

We are committed to following the ABA Guidelines for Mitigation Function of Defense Team in Capital Cases and the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth Guidelines for the representation of child clients. We work as part of teams in which all members are able to contribute as equals and share a commitment to providing high-quality services.

Advocacy & Human Rights
Justice & Legal


Sat May 22, 2021 - Sun May 23, 2021
10:00 AM - 04:00 PM  


This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.


  • Marketing & Communications (Mar/Com)
  • Social Media / Blogging
  • Fundraising
  • Community Outreach
  • Critical Thinking
  • Project Management


  • Group


  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Up to 2 hours per week

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