The Navigator Certificate in Human Services and Community Justice

The Navigator Certificate in Human Services and Community Justice is a training program offered twice a year for people with lived experience in the criminal legal system. Developed in partnership with John Jay faculty, employers in the field of criminal justice and reentry, and people with past criminal legal system involvement, the curriculum focuses on the skills entry-level and prospective employees need to apply their lived experience toward a career of serving others.

NAVIGATOR CERTIFICATE TRAINING COURSE

The Navigator Certificate curriculum combines the theory and ethics of human services with the development of key skills, based on input from employers and people with lived experience in the criminal legal system.

  • Navigating and accessing social services
  • Understanding and navigating organizational culture
  • Development of the human services field and ethics in the profession
  • Professional technology and writing skills
  • Drawing on lived experience
  • Using evidence-based practices such as motivational interviewing

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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 and field research
  • Access to the Institute’s full suite of services, including career planning and post-training placement support, help applying to college, rap sheet clean-up, 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 three academic credits. 
ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must:

  • Be 18 years or older.
  • Have a valid New York State ID.
  • Have, at minimum, a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Have lived experience in the criminal legal system.
  • Be currently employed in an entry-level human services position (e.g., peer mentor, community navigator, credible messenger, violence interrupter, outreach specialist, or reentry specialist) or seeking employment in human services.
  • Demonstrate stability in the community and have the ability to commit to full attendance and participation.
  • Have basic technology skills. (Prospective students who need an introduction to technology are encouraged to enroll in the Institute’s Tech 101 program.)
  • Complete an online application and in-person interview.
CERTIFICATE TRAINING SCHEDULE
  • 16-week program
  • Two nights each week, 5-9 pm (dinner provided before class)
  • Five full-day sessions, including three Saturdays
  • 100+ hours of instruction
  • Field research/field placement

The Navigator Certificate in Human Services and Community Justice is offered by the Institute’s Career Pathways, which prepares people for successful careers in human services and community justice. We bridge the worlds of workforce development, higher education, and criminal justice reform.

For more information, contact Patrick Pulliam at ppulliam@jjay.cuny.edu.