NJDC Post-Disposition Reentry Fellows

Request for Proposals

The National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) seeks host organizations/agencies to pilot a Juvenile Post-Disposition Reentry Legal Fellowship, an exciting new initiative to support the success of justice-involved youth returning to their communities by removing legal barriers to education, employment, and housing.  The Fellows will work under the joint supervision of the host organization and NJDC’s Civil Legal Coordinator to provide direct representation, collect data and monitor results, and contribute to a national analysis of collateral consequences and recommended reforms. NJDC will provide the legal fellow salary, training, and travel expenses, and host organizations will provide fringe benefits, malpractice insurance, and appropriate workspace and supplies.

UPDATE: NJDC has received several questions by organizations looking to complete applications.  We have developed a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to help provide more information.

NJDC Juvenile Post-Disposition Reentry Legal Fellowships

Funded by the Second Chance Act, NJDC’s Juvenile Post-Disposition Reentry Fellowships are designed to provide civil legal services post-disposition to address barriers youth face in community reintegration following a juvenile delinquency placement or commitment.  Legal services may include juvenile record expungement, deregistration, securing a driver’s license, litigating inappropriate denials of housing or employment, educational advocacy, and other services that help youth successfully reenter the community.  The ultimate measure of success is whether the young person receiving legal services obtained employment and/or education.  This is a pilot program being conducted in cooperation with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Proposal Deadline: All completed applications must be submitted to inquiries@njdc.info by 11:59pm on December 31, 2015, with the subject line: “Proposal: Juvenile Post-Disposition Fellow Project”.  All materials must be submitted as a single PDF file attachment.

Project Start Date: NJDC’s objective is to select host organizations by mid-January, 2016 and start Fellows in early February of 2016.

Duration of Project: Funding for the pilot project is through September 30, 2016; with the possible continuation for an additional year through September 30, 2017, based on funding and demonstrated results.

Please see the RFP for full details of the program and application requirements.