Youth Advocacy Program Associate

Juvenile Law Center advocates for rights, dignity, equity and opportunity for all youth in the child welfare and justice systems. 

Founded in 1975, Juvenile Law Center is the first non-profit, public interest law firm for children in the country. Through litigation, appellate advocacy and submission of amicus (friend-of-the-court) briefs, policy reform, public education, training, consulting, and strategic communications, we fight for children who come into contact with the child welfare and justice systems. Widely published and internationally recognized as leaders in the field, Juvenile Law Center has substantially shaped the development of law and policy on behalf of youth. We strive to ensure that laws, policies, and practices affecting youth advance racial and economic equity and are rooted in research, consistent with children’s unique developmental characteristics, and reflective of international human rights values. Current issues can be found here

Juvenile Law Center is committed to advancing equity both internally and in our advocacy work. We recognize the urgency and necessity of actively building and supporting diverse leadership at Juvenile Law Center and in the field more broadly. We are committed to actively recruiting and hiring from communities most impacted by our work. Applicants working to advance equity and who identify with these impacted communities are strongly encouraged to apply and self-identify during the application process. 



The Youth Advocacy Program Associate will work directly with the Youth Advocacy Program Managers of Juvenile Law Center’s Youth Advocacy Program. Since 2008, Juvenile Law Center’s Youth Advocacy Program has prepared young people to lead advocacy and policy reform efforts in their local communities and beyond. The Youth Advocacy Program Associate will focus on assisting Youth Advocates to connect to resources, supporting weekly workshops, and collaborating in a highly collegial atmosphere with social workers, attorneys, communications, development, and operations staff, and in partnership with colleagues around the state and country.

Primary duties:

The responsibilities of the Youth Advocacy Program Associate include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Support the continuity of prior year program projects in collaboration with Youth Advocates, Juvenile Law Center’s legal teams and external partners.
  • Providing counseling support to the Youth Advocates during times of crises, including locating referrals best suited to assist the youth.
  • Coordinating, communicating, and meeting with the youth’s support team such as the youth’s caregiver, attorney, caseworker, school counselor, and/or probation officer.
  • Assisting the youth with obtaining vital documents.
  • Submitting letters of support on behalf of the youth to the court, placements, or employers.
  • Providing targeted support for the alumni in the Youth Speakers Bureau, serving as an ambassador for external presentations, ensuring long term project sustainability and utilization by partner organizations and other stakeholders, and maintaining an updated resource guide for Youth Advocates. 
  • Working with the Youth Advocates and the Communications teams on blog requests, press interviews and development activities
  • Providing workshop support for program staff by facilitating and/or attending the weekly workshops as needed
  • Work with the Youth Advocacy Program in national and state-wide advocacy.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field
  • A minimum of 3 years of post-graduate experience in direct service with youth, specifically in conducting group sessions, managing community-based programs, and understanding of positive youth development principles
  • Experience in program design, management, and evaluation
  • A solid understanding of the criminal justice and child welfare system and its impact on communities of color and low-income communities
  • Demonstrated commitment to achieving social justice and/or criminal justice reform
  • Facilitation and public speaking experience (workshops, panels, discussions, classes, etc.)
  • Highly organized with excellent attention to detail
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Valid driver’s license preferred, with a clean driving record
  • Some travel required, including, but not limited to working some nights and weekends to chaperone overnight trips, events and presentations

Other Duties:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time.


Responsibility Level:

The Youth Advocacy Program Associate reports to the Youth Advocacy Program Manager.


Salary is commensurate with experience. The minimum starting salary for this position is $40,000. Juvenile Law Center offers excellent health care benefits, disability insurance and life insurance.

To Apply:

Send cover letter describing interests and experience, a resume, list of three references in a single PDF to In your cover letter, please let us know how you heard of this position. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Statement on Diversity and Inclusion:

Juvenile Law Center’s mission is to advocate for rights, dignity, equity, and opportunity in the child welfare and justice systems. The diversity of our staff is critical to fulfilling this mission.

Juvenile Law Center is committed to cultivating an inclusive space that affirms and celebrates the backgrounds, learned and lived expertise, whole identities, and individual perspectives of our staff. We are committed to the diversity of our staff as it pertains to race, color, ethnicity, class, sex, marital or parental status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, size, disability, religion, national origin, and/or child welfare or juvenile or criminal justice involvement, including prior record of arrest, adjudication, or conviction. Applicants of all backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to self-identify during the application process.


Juvenile Law Center is an equal opportunity employer.