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Vera Institute of Justice Justice Scholar Summer Program 2021 (High School Students) - New York, NY in Brooklyn, New York

Who We Are

The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, envisions a society that respects the dignity of every person and safeguards justice for everyone.

  • We study problems?that impede human dignity and justice.

  • We pilot solutions?that are at once transformative and achievable.

  • We engage diverse communities?in informed debate.

  • We harness the power of evidence?to drive effective policy and practice.

We work with others who share our vision to tackle the most pressing injustices of our day?from mass incarceration, racial disparities, and the loss of public trust in law enforcement to the unmet needs of people who are vulnerable, marginalized, and harmed by crime and violence. Vera has a staff of almost 300 people with offices in New York City, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and New Orleans. Vera is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity in the workplace. We hire employees that reflect our values: respect, independence, collaboration, commitment, and race equity. If you want to learn more about life at Vera click?here ( .

Justice Scholar Summer Program

The?Vera Institute of Justice 2021?Justice Scholars summer program is a paid summer program focused on learning about the American criminal justice system, created and hosted by the Vera Institute of Justice, at our Industry City, Brooklyn location.?The program is designed to give students an overview of the criminal justice system and to learn about criminal justice reform through guest speakers, class lectures, field trips, and group projects. Students will learn from?various?subject matter experts and?will?participate in?field trips.Students?will be?encouraged to?think critically about values and ethics,?the concept of justice, and?major?social?issues such as racial bias and economic inequality. Through challenging conversations, new experiences,?and coursework, students will develop their critical thinking, writing and analytical skills, as well as gain a new perspective?on?the world we live in.

Schedule and Compensation

The program begins Monday,?July 14, 2021 and ends?Friday,?August 15, 2021 running Monday through Friday, from 11:00am to 4:30pm.? Justice Scholars will be paid a stipend of?$415?a week?(less applicable taxes)?and will receive an unlimited?MetroCard?for each week of the program (if needed), which can be used for transportation to and from Vera and for the field trips. Please be advised that this position may be remote.?

Eligibility, Application Process and Deadline?

To be eligible, students must be currently enrolled in a New York City high school and entering their Junior or Senior year in the Fall of 2021?with an interest to learn about the criminal justice system.

We welcome applications from students from all walks of life, lived experiences and backgrounds. Students with personal or family experience of the justice system are encouraged to apply. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2021.

Application Process

The?application includes?one recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor or coach who can speak to?your ability to benefit from the program, and a ?high school transcript, the latter will be added as attachments.

Provide this link ( to the person completing your recommendation form.?

Students must follow all instructions to be considered.?To be eligible,?students must either reside in NYC or go to school in NYC?and be?about to enter their?junior or senior?years?in Fall 2021.

The application?period?will open ?on January?27, 2021 and closes ?March?31, 2021?. We?will contact accepted students by April 3,?2021.?

Online submission in PDF format (through Vera?s careers page) is preferred.?However, if necessary, materials may be mailed to:

ATTN: People Resources / Justice Scholar Program

Vera Institute of Justice

34 35th Street, Suite 4-3B

Brooklyn, NY 11232

Fax: (212) 941-9407

No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

Vera is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.? All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, current employment status, or caregiver status.

Vera works to advance justice, particularly racial justice, in an increasingly multicultural country and globally connected world. We value diverse experiences, including with regard to educational background and justice system contact, and depend on a diverse staff to carry out our mission.

For more information about Vera?s work, please visit?