The 7th District Court Service Unit provides domestic and delinquent intake services, juvenile probation, and parole services to the City of Newport News. We partner with our city to provide intake services for the city’s Curfew Center. We also work with our Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, Community Services Board, and school system to provide drug court treatment and truancy specialty courts.
We welcome and appreciate the support and involvement of volunteers and interns to receive training and to assist with case management and intake functions.
For youth on probation and parole, court service unit staff have access to a variety of contracted services including assessments and evaluations, individual therapy, family therapy, substance abuse treatment, therapy for youth with sexualized behaviors, and life skills coaching. CSUs access these services through DJJ's contracted regional service coordinators. A directory of services available through DJJ's RSC Model is available at: https://www.amikids.org/amikids-virginia/vendor-directory
The Seventh District Court Services Unit (CSU) for the City of Newport News accepts applications for both long term volunteers and interns all year; however, we have new volunteer orientation in January, May and September. Internship as a probation officer is generally reserved for juniors and seniors who are majoring in criminal justice or related fields. Volunteers will possess a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or related field if their specific job will entail them working with youth and families. Volunteers/interns will receive an orientation and job description by the volunteer coordinator. Those students considered for placement will be expected to undergo a thorough criminal background investigation including driving record after submittal of a volunteer application and interview.
Student interns are expected to commit to at least one full semester and be available for ten hours per week. Volunteers/interns will be supervised by one of the CSU staff and training will be provided by the supervisor. Volunteers/interns will also have the opportunity to attend training in the juvenile justice field which is offered by the Department of Juvenile Justice’s training unit. Those working for the CSU are required to wear identification badges provided by the CSU and will be considered staff while working with the unit. Although there is no paid salary for those in the volunteer/intern program, they will gain valuable experience in working with delinquent youth in the juvenile justice system.
If you are interested in interning or volunteering with the 7th District Court Service Unit, please download and fill out the attached application and mail it to Newport News Court Service Unit, ATTN Volunteer Coordinator. If you would like to attach a resume or additional information, feel free to mail it with your application to the following address:
Newport News Court Service Unit
ATTN Volunteer Coordinator
2600 Washington Avenue, 5th Floor
Newport News, Virginia 23607
For additional information about the volunteer/intern program, please feel free to contact us.