STATE'S ATTORNEY'S JUSTICE ACADEMY
After School Solutions
for Kankakee County's Kids
STATE'S ATTORNEY'S JUSTICE ACADEMY COMING SOON!
JUSTICE ACADEMY COMING TO KANKAKEE COUNTY
State’s Attorney Introduces an After-School Solution for Kankakee County’s Kids
KANKAKEE, IL – The Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office announces that it has been awarded a grant from the Illinois State Board of Education to operate an after-school program for court-involved and opportunity youth in Kankakee County. The program will be called “Justice Academy” and will facilitate tutoring, social-emotional learning (SEL), organized sports, arts and media programming, college tours and culinary arts during the hours when youth are most at risk of becoming offenders or victims of crime. This program will also work in partnership with and provide 50 financial scholarships to youth who mentor and train with Kankakee-based JABS (Junior Advanced Boxing & Sports).
“With this grant, we increase our investment in prevention and intervention efforts throughout Kankakee County. The Justice Academy is aimed at improving academic outcomes and expanding enrichment opportunities for youth, with a focus on interrupting the cycle of trauma and resultant behaviors that usually precede delinquency. Those who work with struggling youth in our community see the extraordinary untapped potential in every child, notwithstanding their current challenges. While these are not quick-fixes, they are instead long-term investments that are necessary if we are ever going to reduce violence and trauma in our community. A prosecutor’s office may not seem like the likeliest of agencies to lead this effort, but in Kankakee County we are doing our best to reform juvenile justice and this Academy is a long step in that direction.”
The ISBE grant funds fourteen part-time positions as part of the Justice Academy. These positions consist of a Program Coordinator, Supervising Tutor, nine (9) academic tutors, Arts & Media Coordinator, Sports Coordinator and SEL Coordinator. Applicants must be over the age of 18 and able to pass a thorough background check.
Enrollment information for youth will be posted in the near future.