Victim-Witness Assistance Program Volunteer Services

Contact: 
Shari Farmer
Address: 
Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, 3204 Rosemead Blvd., 2nd Floor Suite 200, El Monte, CA 91731
Phone: 
213.700.2276
Description of Organization and Population Served: 
The Victim-Witness Assistance Program of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office provides direct services to victims and witnesses of crime. The program helps orient the victims and witnesses to the criminal justice system and provides services to the victim and/or family that are paid for through the State of California.
Description of Fieldwork Project and Responsibilities of Intern: 
The intern will help provide resources to the victims and witnesses. The intern will also advise the victims and witnesses on the status of their case and go to court with them. In addition, the intern will assist children, handicapped, and elderly victims and witnesses in whatever ways the intern can. *There are many locations in Los Angeles County that an intern can intern. A list of all the locations will be made available upon your request for an application*
Special Qualifications: 
**BACKGROUND CHECK MUST BE ARRANGED AT LEAST 4 WEEKS PRIOR TO START OF QUARTER** The intern must fill out an application and have an interview with the District Attorney's Office. The intern must also pass a background check, live scan (fingerprinting) and attend one day of training. Being bilingual and having taken Psychology 187A (Psychology and Law) would be helpful.
Hourly Commitment Per Week: 
: 16 hours

Villa Stanley

Contact: 
Dr. Jay Plotzker
Address: 
335 N STANLEY AVE
Phone: 
3239374856
Description of Organization and Population Served: 
Villa Stanley is an 80-bed California state licensed board and care facility located in the Beverly-Fairfax area across from the CBS-TV studios and near The Grove and Farmer's Market. Villa Stanley East is a 62-bed facility in the Melrose-La Brea area of Los Angeles. Both facilities are private board and care providing services for chronically mentally ill people who cannot function independently. Residents at Villa Stanley and Villa Stanley East have diagnoses of schizophrenia, bipolar, and/or depression. The residents are referred to Villa Stanley and Villa Stanley East from various psychiatric units of local area hospitals, government and private institutions.
Description of Fieldwork Project and Responsibilities of Intern: 
Varies - the intern will have the opportunity to work with the residents through social activities at either site.
Special Qualifications: 
personable,organized and responsible. Fingerprint check may be required.
Hourly Commitment Per Week: 
varies, minimum 6 hours

Vista Non Public School (Hills Program)

Contact: 
Edie Bartnof
Address: 
3200 Motor Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90034
Phone: 
1-(310) 836-1223 x 416
Description of Organization and Population Served: 
Vista Non Public School (Hills Program) is an innovative, accredited, private therapeutic school designed for children ages three through 22 with Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as severe emotional and behavioral challenges, learning disabilities other health impaired and intellectual delays. Individual education plans incorporating play therapy, sensory and motor skill integration, and speech and language therapy are formulated by a team of teachers, behaviorists, educational therapists and mental health professionals. Students are referred to Vista Non Public School by the student's public school district, when programs are not available for within the district.
Description of Fieldwork Project and Responsibilities of Intern: 
The school day is from 8:00am-2:35pm (elementary and middle school students) and 8:00am - 3:00 pm (high school students). The intern would be in the classroom with the students. There are 7 classrooms. Follows procedures to work on goals of the individual student through support of the student's learning and independence; understand the development and respond appropriately to student(s); demonstrate correct use of behavior plan for the students; participate in a safe and nurturing program environment for the students; work as an integral member of the treatment team. Dependent on the individual strengths and abilities of the interns would determine the program that we would develop for them.
Special Qualifications: 
Requirements are consistent with Vista Del Mar Policy. Interns would have an interview. After it was determined that Vista was an appropriate match the interns would be required to fill out paperwork, have a current TB Test and have fingerprints (which is completed on the Vista campus).
Hourly Commitment Per Week: 
minimum of 8 hours per week.

YWCA of Glendale

Contact: 
Nicole Cherry
Address: 
735 E. Lexington Dr., Glendale, CA 91206
Phone: 
(818) 242-4155 x236
Description of Organization and Population Served: 
YWCA of Glendale is a non-profit community service organization. Our mission is to empower women, children and families and to eliminate racism. Our Domestic Violence Project serves women and children victims of domestic violence in both residential and non-residential settings.
Description of Fieldwork Project and Responsibilities of Intern: 
Interns will be able to work in the following areas; primary focus is individual and group therapy with adults and/or children. Supplemental work can be in court advocacy, crisis intervention, group facilitator, or translator. The State Mandated 40 Hour Certification Training is required (provided).
Special Qualifications: 
Commitment to ending domestic violence, must attend 40-hour training. Proficiency in Spanish or Armenian preferred.
Hourly Commitment Per Week: 
Minimum 7hrs. Ideally approx 20hrs total w/ 10 being direct service hrs

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