ARIZONA SUPREME COURT/ADULT PROBATION SERVICES DIVISION-
ADULT PROBATION SUPPORT SERVICES AMERICORPS PROGRAM
In a partnership with the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family, the Arizona Supreme Court/Adult Probation Services Division launched the Adult Probation Support Services (APSS) AmeriCorps Program in the fall of 2016. The APSS AmeriCorps program is funded by an agreement with the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), under the State and National program umbrella.
AmeriCorps is a national service program that is similar to the Peace Corps. Service volunteers agree to serve a term of service and, after successfully completing service, they receive an educational award. There are AmeriCorps programs across the country meeting all kinds of community needs, ranging from tutoring children to refurbishing houses for the needy to doing environmental work. Besides GETTING THINGS DONE (the AmeriCorps motto), members also try to encourage citizens to give something back in their own community. Over 1,000,000 people served as AmeriCorps Members since 1994 and over 5.2 million disadvantaged youth tutored, mentored, or served by AmeriCorps Members one year alone. Members serve at local organizations and agencies committed to addressing critical community needs in education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, economic opportunity, veterans and military families, and disaster preparedness.
The Arizona Supreme Court /Adult Probation Services Division oversees the effective statewide administration of adult probation departments and services in accordance with state statutory and judicial administrative guidelines. County Adult Probation Departments are focused on protecting the public by adequately assessing probationers for risk of reoffending and implementing appropriate supervision and focused on the rehabilitation of the probationers as they move forward to make positive life-long changes, all while aiding to restore the affected victims and communities.
APSS AmeriCorps Members are placed within County Adult Probation Departments to provide essential support to Probation Officers and staff in enhancing critical services and supporting programmatic expansion and capacity. Members placed throughout the state provide support services in one or more of the following areas:
- Developing and supporting probationer court-ordered community restitution programs and projects with local volunteer agencies;
- Assisting with the increase of self- sufficiency skills, soft skills, work-force development skills;
- Assisting with the facilitation of integrated cognitive behavior change programs;
- Providing links to education resources, such as access to GED prep courses and technical trainings;
- Aiding with case management duties;
- Providing court navigation assistance and;
- Providing referral services for both probationers and those who are in the re-entry population.
For More information Contact
ARIZONA SUPREME COURT
Jennifer Flannery, AmeriCorps Program Specialist