Collaborative Educational Services (formerly, Hampshire Educational Collaborative)
Nature and Purpose
Collaborative Educational Services provides educational services in the Elliot Youth Detention Facility for males ages 12-20 who are involved with the courts or who have been committed to the Department of Youth Services. The facility provides all the basic needs of food, housing, and security. In addition to the educational component designed to meet immediate needs, there is also a recreational program consisting of sports, outdoor recreation, movies, and games. Regular rap sessions and general house meetings round out the programs.
It needs to be emphasized that the facility is a secure detention facility, and security is our first priority. Moreover, since the clients are juveniles, confidentiality is essential. Students should never provide last names, phone numbers, or mailing addresses to the clients. Finally, volunteers are never to discuss the details of any court case with a client.
Students will be able to work in several areas:
a. Educational Program as tutors for individual residents, participating in group discussions and daily classroom activities. The residents attend classes in reading, writing, math, life skills, etc. every day from 8:15AM-2:45PM.
b. Organize a small group activity based on a particular talent and integrate it into the existing schedule (arts and crafts, music, drama, etc.).
Initially, all students will attend an orientation seminar (one hour during the first week of work) that will involve a thorough discussion of the precise nature of Collaborative Educational Services, provide some basic information on the Juvenile Justice System and on the Department of Youth Services, and will begin to touch on the issues particular to this setting (i.e. its short term nature, security, etc.). A follow-up individual meeting will be held within a week to finalize schedules, confirm expectations, and to sign the Learning Work Agreements.
* This placement is for male volunteers only