Volunteers in Probation Program (VIP)

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Assist the Orange County Probation Department by serving as a volunteer through the "Volunteers in Probation" (VIP) program. Because probation officers have large numbers on their caseloads, VIPs play an important role in supporting the work of probation officers. VIPs are also valuable as mentors and assistants at the five juvenile institutions run by the Probation Department.

Typical VIP Duties

  • Serving as a case aide, to assist a Deputy Probation Officer with a caseload of probationers by checking school attendance, helping with clerical duties, and other activities under staff supervision.
  • Being a "big brother" or "big sister" to an incarcerated juvenile, by providing tutoring or teaching the young person a skill.
  • Providing translation for Spanish-speaking or Vietnamese-speaking probationers or family members (and, to a lesser degree, translations in other languages).
  • Visiting youths in juvenile institutions as a general visitor, to cut hair, coordinate recreational activities, create arts-and-crafts projects, or conduct programs.
  • Providing valuable resource information by serving as guest speakers conducting presentations on peer pressure, anger management, gangs, and drug abuse.
  • Serving as a guest speaker on panels such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and Alanon.

Minimum Requirements for VIP Applicants

  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Must be legal U.S. Resident
  • Must not be on any form of probation or parole for at least one year
  • Must test negative for tuberculosis
  • Must pass background investigation

Steps to Become a VIP

  • Attend a Volunteer Information meeting
  • Complete application and reference forms
  • Attend a one-hour screening interview
  • Provide results of tuberculosis test
  • Provide Social Security Card
  • Provide valid California Driver License
  • Provide current automobile insurance
  • Submit fingerprints via Live Scan
  • Pass background investigation

Prospective VIPs can learn more about the Probation Department and opportunities to volunteer at a Volunteer Information Meeting. These meetings are held at the department's training headquarters at 1001 S. Grand Avenue in Santa Ana. For more information on the VIP program, submit information below.

Yes, I am interested in becoming a Volunteer in Probation (VIP)

Probation - Volunteer (VIP)