Youth Services Volunteer Program 

Address
2727 Martin Luther
King Jr. Blvd
Eugene, OR 97401
Directions

Phone

541-682-4700

Fax

541-682-4732

Can You Volunteer to Help Lane County Troubled Youth?

Lane County Youth Services has a strong volunteer program. We utilize students and other community members to assist in our work with juveniles who have been in trouble with the law. If you have some extra time, a warm heart for kids, and are open to learning about today's adolescents we would love to have you here helping us.

Who are the youth I would be working with?

Between 2008 and 2009:

  • Person crimes decreased by 10.6% (282 to 242).
  • Property crime decreased 13.2% (991 to 860).
  • Other crime increased 2.5 % (447 to 458).
  • Total crime decreased 8.0% (2,440 to 2,244).                        

LANE COUNTY JUVENILE CRIME

CRIMINAL REFERRALS BY TYPE OF CRIME

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

08-'09 % Change

'05-'09 % Change

Persons:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assault

199

214

205

200

189

-5.5%

-5.0%

Homicide Related

1

1

1

1

0

-100.0%

-100.0%

Sex Offense

67

52

60

70

55

-21.4%

-17.9%

Person Other

12

9

18

11

8

-27.3%

-33.3%

SUB TOTAL:

279

276

284

282

252

-10.6%

-9.7%

Property:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arson

38

59

31

18

18

0.0%

-52.6%

Burglary

104

118

111

114

95

-16.7%

-8.7%

Criminal Mischief

123

252

174

180

135

-25.0%

9.8%

Criminal Trespass

187

254

192

118

116

-1.7%

-38.0%

Robbery

9

13

22

13

15

15.4%

66.7%

Theft

602

601

527

532

472

-11.3%

-21.6%

Property Other

6

6

14

16

9

-43.8%

50.0%

SUB TOTAL:

1069

1303

1071

991

860

-13.2%

-19.6%

Other Criminal:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alcohol/Substance

185

175

210

233

235

0.9%

27.0%

Disorderly Conduct

53

61

59

51

56

9.8%

5.7%

Fraud/Deception

18

22

10

14

13

-7.1%

-27.8%

Harassment

61

68

66

52

57

9.6%

-6.6%

Public Order Other

7

6

6

9

8

-11.1%

14.3%

Weapons

25

38

38

28

21

-25.0%

-16.0%

Criminal Other

70

62

75

60

68

13.3%

-2.9%

SUB TOTAL:

419

432

464

447

458

2.5%

9.3%

GRAND TOTAL:

2594

2869

2750

2440

2244

-8.0%

-13.5%

Referrals are law enforcement reports with incidents of juvenile criminal activity.


Between 2005 and 2009:

    • Person crimes decreased by 9.7%
    • Property crimes decreased by 19.6%
    • Other Crimes increased by 9.3%
    • Crimes with an increase include: Criminal mischief (9.8%), Robbery (66.7%), property other (50.0%), alcohol/substance (27.0%), disorderly conduct (5.7%), and public order other (14.3%)

What are the qualifications to be a volunteer?

Concern for troubled youth

The most important qualification anyone brings to this work is a concern for troubled youth. If you work with us, your patience will be tested, you will be pushed to your limits and you will not get paid for any of it. What you must be able to fall back upon is your sincere commitment to help the adolescents in our community who have made poor choices. These are the youth this department serves. 

Time availability

Volunteer placements at the Department of Youth Services vary a great deal in  the number of hours required each week.  See individual Volunteer Opportunities for specific details to match with your availability. Even more important than the weekly commitment is the length of time that you can work with our youth. Most of the placements require at least three month commitment and some ask for six months to a year. That is what we have found it takes to learn your role and be able to contribute to the Department and its work with youth. 

Age

The age requirement depends on the job. For example, if you want to work in the DYS detention facility, you must be 20 years old. If you want to tutor youth at the Martin Luther King Jr. Education Center you must be 18 years old. 

Criminal record

When you sign and submit the DYS Volunteer application form, you authorize the department to do a background check. This includes a check of your criminal history. If you have an adult or juvenile record, this is not an automatic dis-qualification from working with us. Rather, we may need to discuss it with you and then make an individualized decision by the Program Manager and the Assistant Director. 

References

The application form asks for names and addresses of three people who have known you for at least three years and who are not related to you. We need to be able to ask people who are familiar with you to tell us something about you and  your ability to work with our youth.

What Volunteer Opportunities are available?

There are many different types of volunteer jobs and internships at Youth Services.

 You can view the job description for each current available placement or you can contact the Volunteer Program Manager for other ideas, 682-4700.

 MLK Education Center Aide

 Groupworker Aid - Detention

 Community Service Supervisor - Supervision

 Research Intern - Administration

 Probation Counselor Intern - Supervision

 Victim Advocate

 Other

Can I get credit for volunteering?

 Students at Youth Services 

Many of the volunteers at Youth Services are students who are receiving college credit for their work with our youth.

Through the University of Oregon, we are a junior and senior year practicum placements for students in the Family and Social Systems Program and a placement for Career Center Interns winter, spring and summer terms. Contact each of these programs for information on how to apply for a placement at DYS. Other undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Oregon get practicum or internship credit through their departments, particularly Psychology, Sociology and Planning, Public Policy and Management and through the ESCAPE/Community Internship Program.

YS is a placement site for the Lane Community College Cooperative Education Program. Contact Trisha Hahn, 747-4501, ext. 2395, for additional information and application forms. The Detention groupworker and the YS Education Center tutor positions are eligible as placements under Lane Community College Work Study Program.

YS has had graduate student interns from Northwest Christian College Marriage and Family Therapy program, the George Fox College Marriage and Family Therapy program, Portland State University Master in Social Work program and Western Oregon State College Criminal Justice program. Contact your advisor about credit or the volunteer program about possible placements at YS.

YS staff include many counselors with masters degrees who are eligible to supervise students for credits.

If you have any questions about the possibility of college credit for your placement at YS, please contact, Volunteer Program at (541)682-4700.

How to apply to volunteer at Youth Services?

The process is the same whether you are a student who will get credit or a community member who wants to volunteer with our youth.

  • Complete the application form

    • click here for application

    • pick up an application at the Department of Youth Services

    • Complete the application with current names and complete addresses for three references (application will not be processed without complete reference information - no exceptions).

Return the application to Lane County Youth Services, 2727 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Eugene, OR 97401.

How can I help troubled Youth?

Volunteers are the heart and soul of any system working with youth, like the juvenile justice system. Volunteers help the system reach out into the community. They provide the one-on-one personal contacts youth need in better ways than any government agency can ever do. By committing some of your time and your self to volunteer work with youth, you are committing yourself to this community's safety and the future of its children.

 A volunteer job working with youth can involve you with babies recently removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect, middle school children who have been identified as at-risk of getting into trouble or 17 year olds who already have a police record because of the poor choices they have made.

Listed below are some of the local Lane County agencies where you can become involved.

Lane County Youth Services (541) 682-4700

Casa of Lane County, Court Appointed Special Advocates (541) 984-3132

CRB, Citizen Review Board, (541) 686-7853

Looking Glass, Inc (541) 686-2688

Committed Partners for Youth (541) 344-0833

Big Brother Big Sister (541) 686-9622

 

You can also

Become a foster parent: Contact Services for Children and Families (541) 686-7557 or Oregon Social Learning Center , Patty Chamberlain, (541) 485-2711

Donate money or time to United Way: Call (541) 741-6000