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Youth Specialist

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Youth Specialist – Middle Tennessee, Memphis Metropolitan Area

Reports To – Program Manager

Who is Persevere?

Persevere is a national 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to decreasing recidivism and  increasing successful reentry and transition for men and women involved in the criminal justice  system. To accomplish this, Persevere offers a customizable, comprehensive program for  criminal-justice-involved individuals to develop meaningful job skills and gain successful access  to the labor market. These services include software coding, job readiness and  employability instruction, including life skills and financial education; work experience; job  search and job placement; entrepreneurship training; and for some, a residential transition  program.

National data shows recidivism rates are highest among those who are unemployed. Criminal  justice-involved men and women have long struggled to find employment upon release. They  have an immediate disadvantage because of their criminal justice involvement and must  compete with non-offenders for unskilled, low-paying jobs. Even when they are successful at  finding a job, keeping it is another challenge. As a result, many are unable to comply with the  conditions of parole and end up back in prison.

Real Hope, Valuable Skills, & Meaningful Opportunity

Job Overview

The main objective of the Youth Specialist is to support and guide clients through processes and procedures relating to their release from incarceration and subsequent adaptation to civilian life, from the first day of coding class to one year after release. This position requires the ability to pass a background check and a drug screen. This is a 40-hour-per-week position with

25% travel requirements paying $58,500 per year. The youth specialist must be a resident of Middle Tennessee, Memphis Metropolitan Area, or be willing to relocate immediately. Relocation expenses are not covered by the employer.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Develop positive relationships with assigned individuals and families
  • Assess client needs and facilitate appropriate responses
  • Review records and applications
  • Establish treatment programs by setting schedules and routines
  • Monitor cases by verifying clients’ attendance; observing and evaluating treatments and responses; advocating for needed services and entitlements
  • Refer clients to community resources, as needed, and monitor access to and receipt of necessary services
  • Collaborate with other organizations providing services to the client
  • Obtain additional resources, intervene in crises, and provide personal support
  • Maintain client records by reviewing case notes, logging events, and progress
  • Communicate client progress by conducting weekly meetings and evaluation
  • Balance work requirements with learning opportunities
  • Participate in professional development and training
  • Improve and implement best practices by studying, evaluating, and redesigning processes
  • Serve as a member of the case management and reentry team, collaborating with other  team members, as needed
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in a human services area (social work, human services, criminal  justice, psychology, education) or an equal number of years of experience providing case  management services
  • Experience providing case management and community support services to persons with  substance abuse and/or co-occurring disorders
  • Experience working with corrections-involved clients/offenders is preferred

We highly value

  • Passion for and responsibility to the customer/partner
  • Must be self-starting, hardworking and inquisitive
  • Leadership through innovation in everything you do
  • Passion for what you do and being self-critical to improve
  • Relentless commitment to win
  • Personal and corporate integrity

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  • Full Time
  • Memphis
  • 58,500 USD / Year
  • Salary: 58,500


Full Time


  • Salary: 58,500
  • To apply for this job please visit