The Navigator Certificate
in Human Services and Community Justice

Please note: The Spring 2020 Navigator Certificate application is now open. Click here to access the online form

Do you provide direct services to other people involved in the criminal justice system — or want to start working in this field? Were you involved in the criminal justice system? Do you want to build your skills with professional development in a college environment?

If you answered yes, we have a new opportunity designed for you. The Navigator Certificate in Human Services and Community Justice training program was developed by John Jay College Prisoner Reentry Institute (PRI) in partnership with people with lived experience in the criminal justice system, John Jay faculty, and employers in the field of criminal justice and reentry.

 

The Navigator Certificate in Human Services and Community Justice is intended for people with lived experience in the criminal justice system who are working in entry-level human services positions (e.g., Peer Mentor, Community Navigator, Credible Messenger, Violence Interrupter, Outreach Specialist, Reentry Specialist) or seek employment in human services.

navigator certificate training course

The Navigator Certificate curriculum combines the theory and ethics of human services with development of professional skills that employers and people with lived experience in the justice system have identified as keys to success in the workplace.

  • College-level introduction to the development of the human services profession, ethics in the profession, and ways to meet human needs through the promotion of justice;
  • Employability skills such as self-care, understanding workplace norms and culture, communication skills; and
  • A foundation in human services skills including navigating and accessing social services; finding voice and drawing on lived experience as part of the helping process; using technology and mobile tech platforms; Motivational Interviewing; and writing skills for human services.

Want to learn more about the Navigator curriculum? Click here.

for navigator certificate students:

  • Instruction from John Jay College professors and other expert instructors.
  • Meals, Metrocards, and course materials will be provided.
  • Opportunities for field placements/field research.
  • Access to PRI’s full suite of services, including career planning and post-training placement support, help applying to college, rap sheet cleanup, and more.
benefits:
  • Program is free to students and fully funded by the NYC Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice.
  • Students who successfully complete this training will be awarded a Navigator Certificate in Human Services and Community Justice from John Jay College Professional Studies.
  • Students who earn the Navigator Certificate in Human Services and Community Justice and matriculate at John Jay College will be awarded 6 academic credits.
eligibility:

Applicants must

  • 18 years or older.
  • Have valid NYS photo ID.
  • Have, at minimum, a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Targeted to people with lived experience in the criminal justice system who are currently working in entry-level human services positions (e.g., Peer Mentor, Community Navigator, Credible Messenger, Violence Interrupter, Outreach Specialist, Reentry Specialist) or seek employment in human services.
  • Demonstrated stability in the community and ability to commit to full attendance and participation.
  • Basic technology skills are required. PRI also offers Tech 101, a basic technology skills class.
  • Online application and in-person interview required.
certificate training schedule:
  • 16-week program offered every fall and spring
  • Two nights each week, 5-9pm (dinner provided before class, as well as MetroCards)
  • 5 full-day sessions (includes three Saturdays)
  • 100+ hours of instruction
  • Field research/field placement

The Navigator Certificate in Human Services and Community Justice is offered by Career Pathways at PRI, which promotes access to training and employment for people who have been involved in the criminal justice system, with a special focus on creating pathways to careers in the human services field.  We bridge the worlds of workforce development, higher education, and criminal justice reform. 

For more information, contact: pricareerpathways@jjay.cuny.edu.