Youth and Family Restorative Liaison
- General Purpose
This grant-funded part-time (25 hours/week) position will work in close coordination with the Burlington School District (BSD) and UP for Learning to disrupt the school to prison pipeline by reducing suspensions and expulsions of youth of color. The Liaison will use restorative practices, a trauma-informed lens, and collaborate with multiple community partners, to create a system for culturally responsive, early interventions. The position’s focus, initially, will be on the middle schools of Burlington, and will recruit and train students from diverse backgrounds on relationship-building and conflict-response processes. This position will build upon the work of the BSD of the past six years as it works to implement restorative practices at a district-wide level. This is a one-year grant with the possibility of three, one-year extensions.
- Essential Job Functions
- Support the BSD in reducing racial disparities in suspensions and expulsions.
- Increase a sense of engagement, belonging and student voice by involving youth and families in disciplinary policies and practices that are restorative in nature.
- Recruit and train student volunteers to lead restorative processes, both in proactive relationship-building scenarios as well as in response to discipline referrals.
- Coordinate efforts with the BSD Equity Department (including an upcoming Equity Audit) to assist in training of staff about implicit bias, systemic racism, etc.
- Partner in UP for Learning’s retreats, coaching and trainings to carry learnings and ideas into conflict responses.
- Collect and track demographic and other data relevant to the grant requirements.
- Assist in implementation of ideas generated by the Community-Led School Safety Taskforce.
- Assist in evaluation efforts and other requirements of the grant.
- Attend related individual and agency training, as needed.
- Collaborate with the BCJC and the BSD to create a restorative, welcoming, inclusive environment.