CASA of the Continental Divide's Mission:
To Strengthen families and communities through trauma-informed advocacy, support and services.
Become a Truancy Volunteer Advocate
CASA of the Continental Divide provides volunteer advocates for students who are struggling with school to the extent they end up in truancy court. Students in truancy court struggle with a wide variety of barriers to their education. Our goal is to find ways to reduce those barriers and create pathways to success.
We seek volunteer child advocates to support students in truancy court in Eagle County. An advocate in truancy will work with the child, their parent(s)/caregivers, the school, and other interested parties to help the student develop and follow a path to a successful future.
Most of the students we work with are in high school, a small number are in middle school. If we can help a student become motivated and self-determined in school this will have ripple effects into their work experience.
What is required?
Becoming a truancy child advocate requires 8 hours of training prior to being assigned a student to work with. Once a judge appoints CASA to a truancy case, we then assign a volunteer advocate. The advocate will build the truancy support team which creates a Truancy Action Plan that is signed by all parties and submitted to the judge. You will meet with the child on a weekly basis. This may include individual meetings or, child and parent(s)/care givers, child and school staff, counselors, teachers, coaches, etc. to determine progress in school. Once a month a written report is submitted to the judge prior to court.
Truancy court typically meets once a month. The child is present in court and speaks for themselves. The judge will ask for input from the other interested parties who are present. Once it is determined that the student is on track, the judge may close the case. At this time, the volunteer advocate will continue with less frequent meetings with the student to let them know we are still available and that we care about their future. This check in allows the volunteer advocate to detect if the student’s motivation is waning and to help them keep on track.
Average time commitment: 10 hours per month.
To learn more about becoming a truancy volunteer advocate, please fill out this form and a CASA representative will contact you, or contact Catherine Berglund, CASA Program Coordinator at 970-368-2589 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Truancy Volunteer Advocate Training is three 2.5 hour sessions that run on a cyclical basis.
Wednesday evenings 5:00 – 7:30 via Zoom
Submit Your Application Today!
Thank you for your interest in being a CASA volunteer. You can be the voice of a child in your community.
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Ready to Apply
For CASA of the Continental Divide’s full volunteer application, please apply here: CASA Truancy Volunteer Application
Please gather the necessary information listed below prior to beginning the online application. You will not be able to save the volunteer application and return at a later time to finish.
Once you have all your information at your fingertips, click on the Volunteer Application link above to complete the volunteer application.
- Volunteer Experience: Names of Organizations- Names of Supervisors-Dates of Volunteerism- Responsibilities
- Employment History for past five years: Name of Organizations-Titles-Responsibilities- Supervisor Names- Work Hours- Addresses- Phone Numbers-Dates of Employment
- Motor Vehicle ID and Insurance Information
- Three References: Names- Mailing Addresses- Phone Numbers- Email Addresses