County Corrections Volunteer Program


Changes due to COVID-19

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020

**Due to Covid19 our volunteer program is currently on hold until at least January 2021.  Please check back then for an update.**


Welcome to the Johnson County Department of Corrections volunteer website. On this site, you will find everything you need to become a volunteer, remain a volunteer, and learn more ways to serve our client population.

Volunteers serve in numerous capacities throughout the department, specifically at the Adult Residential Center in New Century and the Juvenile Detention Center in Olathe, as well as out in the community.  We rely on volunteers to provide support and community engagement to the clients we serve, as many of them feel disconnected and unwanted by society.  Please check out our Volunteer Descriptions to find out what volunteer positions we have available!

Volunteers receive training in the areas of safety and security and our staff are committed to the safety of everyone in the facility, including volunteers. Our training covers all rules, regulations, and guidelines that volunteers must know in order to be prepared to work with our clients and enter the facility.

All volunteers must pass a background check, attend new volunteer training, and get a TB test, all provided by Corrections at no cost to you. 

NOTE: In order to volunteer with the Department of Corrections you must not currently be on supervision (parole, probation, diversion, house arrest, etc.) and must have at least a minimum of 1 year off all supervision.

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Volunteer Needs

Art Instructor

Art Class Facilitator

The Adult Residential Center is seeking a qualified art instructor to give fun and instructional art classes to clients.

Reports To

The Art Class Facilitator will report to the Volunteers & Programs Coordinator (VPC).

Overview

The Adult Residential Center is a facility that houses adults currently affiliated with the Criminal Justice System.  Clients are living at the Center while working in the community and finding new ways to live a productive lifestyle.  Many are seeking positive outlets to fill their time in healthy ways and volunteer groups are crucial in aiding in this process.   

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Provide instruction on various art projects.  In the past clients have enjoyed learning origami, how to draw and how to make collages and holiday cards.  Those are examples and there is a lot of flexibility in what a new instructor would want to do based on their own interests and abilities. 
  • Corrections can supply the basic supplies needed including paper, scissors, glue, writing utensils and erasers.  Craft items such as stickers and embellishments will not be provided by Corrections and Corrections is unable to reimburse for supplies purchased by the instructor.  Further discussion about supplies are welcome and Corrections does have some flexibility on this.
  • The art instructor would be permitted to bring in their own props for class and whatever supplementary supplies are needed, with prior approval from the VPC.
  • The frequency and schedule of class would be determined by the VPC and instructor.  Options for frequency include weekly, biweekly, monthly, or special programs as scheduled.  Groups would typically be 60 to 90 minutes long, and there is availability to do this during the day or evening, based on instructor preference and facility schedule.  Class size would range anywhere from 3 to 15 people and instructor would have the ability to cap it at a certain number if needed.    

Qualifications

  • Background in fine arts or experience with various crafting activities and creativity in coming up with new and ongoing projects.   
  • Willingness to work with criminal justice involved individuals who have been convicted of felony crimes. 
  • Strong facilitation skills and ability to redirect challenging behaviors.  Challenging behaviors may include side conversations, clients uninterested in participating, or disrespectful remarks to you or someone else in the group.   

Requirements

  • Pass a background check
  • Attend New Volunteer Training
  • Complete an annual TB test (provided by Corrections)
  • Complete annual Recertification Training
  • We ask that you serve for a minimum of 6 months

Photography Instructor

College of Trades Photography Instructor

Art Class Facilitator

The Adult Residential Center is seeking a creative volunteer to provide activities and instruction to our adult population.

Reports To

The Art Class Facilitator will report to the Volunteers & Programs Coordinator.

Job Overview

The Adult Residential Center…about us

Many clients living at the Adult Residential Center are seeking a positive and creative outlet and enjoy

Responsibilities and Duties

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Qualifications

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  • Ability to work w/ this population (open mindedness, etc.)
  • Experience.
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  • Certifications.
  • Licenses.
  • Physical abilities.

 

Yoga & Meditation Instructor

Yoga/Meditation Instructor

The Adult Residential Center is seeking a qualified instructor to provide inspirational and educational instruction on yoga and/or meditation to clients seeking a positive and healthy outlet. 

Reports To

The Volunteers & Programs Coordinator (VPC).

Overview

The Adult Residential Center is a facility that houses adults currently affiliated with the Criminal Justice System.  Clients are living at the Center while working in the community and finding new ways to live a productive lifestyle.  Many are seeking positive outlets to fill their time in healthy ways and volunteer groups are crucial in aiding in this process.   

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Provide a structured class on the benefits of a healthy mindset.  Class can focus on breathing, stretching, and mindfulness techniques, among other yoga and meditation focused elements. 
  • Corrections will supply yoga mats for all participants.  A cleaning solution will also be provided, and participants will be required to clean their mats following each class.    Instructor would be responsible for providing written and recorded materials.  Cell phones are not permitted in the facility so all recorded materials would need to be recorded on another appropriate device. 
  • The frequency and schedule of class would be determined by the VPC and instructor.  Options for frequency include weekly, biweekly, monthly, or special programs as scheduled.  Groups would typically be 60 to 90 minutes long, and there is availability to do this during the day or evening, based on instructor preference and facility schedule.  A large room would be made available and class size would range anywhere from 3 to 10 people.  Instructor would have the ability to cap it at a certain number if needed. 

Qualifications

  • Yoga certified or other experience in mindfulness and meditation (proof of certification required)
  • Willingness to work with criminal justice involved individuals who have been convicted of felony crimes. 
  • Strong facilitation skills and ability to redirect challenging behaviors.  Challenging behaviors may include side conversations, clients uninterested in participating, or disrespectful remarks to you or someone else in the group.  
  • Classes would NOT be coed. 

Requirements

  • Pass a background check
  • Attend New Volunteer Training
  • Complete an annual TB test (provided by Corrections)
  • Complete annual Recertification Training
  • We ask that you serve for a minimum of 6 months