Volunteers in Probation

Several models of Volunteers in Probation (VIP) currently operate within the court system, including the traditional VIP Program, in which an adult probationer is matched one-on-one with a specially trained volunteer who agrees to spend at least an hour and a half weekly with the probationer providing support and guidance. A Volunteer in Probation usually accepts the case for the duration of the juvenile's probation term, or an average of one year. The goals of this program include: to help prevent future offenses; to provide probationers in the justice system with the positive influence of a caring, stable adult (supplementing the work of paid professional staff); and to actively engage the community in the work of the courts. All prospective volunteers must submit to careful screening, initial certification training, continuing in-service training and ongoing supervision.