3rd Judicial District Juvenile Court Services Receives Tyson Foods’ Summer Community Internship Program Grant

The 3rd Judicial District Juvenile Court Services (JCS), in collaboration with fiscal agent Siouxland Human Investment Partnership (SHIP), is pleased to announce it has received a $6,000 grant from Tyson Foods. The grant, which is being administered and overseen by Iowa Campus Compact, has given JCS the opportunity to hire two full-time college students – Seth Maitlen, a senior at Morningside College and Evelyn Gonzalez, a senior at Buena Vista University – for an 8-week paid summer internship position. Seth, a Social & Behavior Science and Psychology double major from Creston, Iowa was hired to work in the Sioux City JCS office and Evelyn, a social work major from Storm Lake, Iowa was hired for the position in the Storm Lake JCS office.

Tyson’s purpose in offering this grant to non-profit organizations, such as JCS, is to provide college students with an invaluable opportunity to build professional competence and gain experience with diverse social issues, while making a difference in the community. Grant applicants were encouraged to focus the internship on one of Tyson’s three priority program areas – hunger relief, adult education or immigration. During the past decade, Sioux City and Storm Lake communities have both experienced significant changes in the composition of their populations. In 2013, there were over 28 native languages spoken in Sioux City and in 2014 more than 18 native languages were spoken in the Storm Lake school system. Because of this, JCS opted to focus the internship on immigration, believing the intern positions could serve as a catalyst for change in this area by assisting JCS with increasing immigrant family engagement with community services and supports, opening communication and breaking down barriers between JCS and immigrant families preventing and reducing re-entry of immigrant juveniles into the juvenile justice system and increasing the knowledge, understanding and cultural competence of Juvenile Court officers; ultimately improving the well-being and safety of the Sioux City community for future generations.

Throughout the internship, Seth and Evelyn will be working on a variety of projects to accomplish the goals of their positions. These projects include mentoring youth; acting as a liaison between JCS, immigrant families and community supports/services; collaborating with local agencies; compiling and developing evidence-based activities and strategies  for JCS to engage immigrant families; and completing a research project to identify the barriers and needs of immigrant families and how JCS can better serve them.

The 3rd Judicial District Juvenile Court Services is a specialized court for juvenile delinquency cases that covers 16 counties in northwest Iowa. The mission of the 3rd District Juvenile Court Services is to serve the welfare of children and their families within a sound framework of public safety. JCS is committed to providing the guidance, structure and services needed by every child under its supervision. In partnership with the community, JCS promotes the healing and recovery of children and directs delinquent children toward reforming their behavior in the context of increased accountability, enhanced community restoration, and expanded personal competencies.

For questions or more information, contact Kathy Quesenberry at 712-279-6586 ext. 237  or Steve Kremer at 712-225-2669.