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    Best Places to Work 2023: Volunteers for Youth Justice


    Working at VYJ extends beyond the boundaries of monetary reward with a profound sense of purpose and fulfillment, knowing that every effort contributes to the betterment of the Shreveport Bossier community. Our staff consists of passionate advocates, dedicated mentors, skilled trainers, and compassionate mental health providers, all united in their commitment to making a meaningful difference.

    We are fortunate to have over 400 dedicated individuals who selflessly give their time and effort to serve alongside us. Their involvement not only magnifies our ability to make a difference but also demonstrates the power of collective action in creating positive change. We are immensely grateful for the invaluable contributions of each and every one of our community volunteers. Together, we are transforming lives and shaping a brighter future for our community.

    When you join Volunteers for Youth Justice, we want to make sure that you’re in a role that suits your unique talents and skills. That’s why we have every employee complete a Clifton strengths test. It helps us identify your strengths and assign you to a position where you can contribute most effectively to the team. But it doesn’t stop there. We believe in continuous growth and development, so we offer monthly leadership training sessions. These sessions are designed to enhance your professional skills and foster personal growth. We want you to keep learning and reaching your full potential. We also know the importance of showing appreciation for our hardworking staff. That’s why we host an annual staff appreciation dinner, where we express our gratitude for your dedication and effort. It’s a chance for us to come together and celebrate all that we’ve accomplished as a team. And let’s not forget the fun stuff! Throughout the year, we organize departmental contests to bring some excitement to the workplace. Whether it’s during Halloween, Christmas, or the Give for Good campaign, these contests create a lively and enjoyable atmosphere for everyone to participate in and enjoy. At Volunteers for Youth Justice, we truly value creating a positive and engaging work environment. We believe that when you feel supported and motivated, both individually and as part of a team, you can thrive both personally and professionally. We’re committed to recognizing your talents, helping you sharpen your skills, and making sure we have moments of celebrating you professionally and personally along the way.



    Current CEO/President Kelli Todd

    Current Employees:64

    Average Employee Tenure 10-25 years

    Culture: At Volunteers for Youth Justice, our workplace culture revolves around a unified dedication to serving the community, guided by core values of compassion, integrity, teamwork, empowerment, and service. We strongly believe in treating our employees with loyalty, consideration, and affirmation, fostering an environment that uplifts and supports everyone. We recognize the importance of a nurturing workplace that enables personal growth and professional development, empowering each individual to make a meaningful impact in the lives of those we serve.

    Vitality: Volunteers for Youth Justice is a non-profit organization committed to providing support to children, youth, and families in crisis. Since its establishment in 1981, VYJ has been at the forefront of services for children, youth, and families involved in the juvenile justice system. VYJ has adapted and expanded to include eight program divisions focused on intervention, advocacy, diversion, mentoring, and training to meet the diverse needs of the community. Our approach emphasizes trauma-responsive-efforts, including TBRI® training for teachers, parents, and non-profits. Recently, we’ve extended these trainings to prisons, providing new reentry skills for incarcerated individuals. Additionally, VYJ supports families in at-risk zip codes through Community Cafes, where community members gather to discuss neighborhood-specific needs. VYJ’s newest initiative, The Harbor, serves as a centralized one-stop-shop and plays a crucial role in assisting families by granting them access to vital community resources and guidance to navigate challenges and regain stability in their lives.

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