Khadijah Dixon Internship at Philadelphia Juvenile Probation Office

My I.D badge that does not open doors but very helpful.

My I.D badge that does not open doors but very helpful.

On the days that I attend my internship, it mostly contains of me being at my desk but the people I get to talk to on a daily basis are the kindest people I have ever met. Although I only see them for a few minutes during the days that I am there, they always keep a smile on my face and always ask either how my day is going or ask about my experiences up until that point. That in return always put a smile on my face and continues to motivate me throughout the day.

Four days a week I walk in the family court house around 9am (sometimes 8:30), say good morning to the security guard and I walk down to the last metal detector with my student intern I.D., which looks very similar to the other employees I.D’s expect ours do not open doors. After the metal detectors, I proceed to the elevators. At times there is a line and everyone, from employees to clients, just waits around until an opening on the elevator opens. Often times it is a fast process. Once on the elevator, I push the button to go to floor 9. When I reach my floor, the security guards mostly know who I am and they let me back to where the desk are. Once at my desk, I check my email and then go to talk to my supervisor about how many referrals we have to do. At times she has most of the packets done and I would finish them by sending an email for the education records and by doing the cover pages.(Yes I have a government email) After I pick up the education records and put them with their appropriate packets, I deliver them to community behavioral health. Sometimes they give me evaluations to input in one of our systems and then deliver them to the parole officers.

The information from my tranining sessions

The information from my tranining sessions

After delivering them to the parole officers, I help my supervisor with the random moments, which are papers that are sent to probation officers to find out what they are doing at random moments. At times the papers can ask the parole officers what they are doing at 10:03 am. Then I do family service plans, which gives the information about a child who has been committed to an institution. This is what I do on a daily basis. Occasionally I get to attend workshops. Thus far I have attended two. The first was a session on Autism Awareness and the second one was on a facility that helps youth who have committed sexual offenses. They both were interesting. I think the most interesting thing I observed was how in each session the parole officers asked questions that they knew would help them understand how to help the child better.

My supervisor is a parole officer who has been with the city for over 25 years. She has trained me in all of the systems and she has given me her badge most of the time to get past the doors. She also has shown me around to the building and also where the stairs are so I do not have to wait for the elevator to go down one floor. She will be retiring in July and it will be sad to see her leave. Reflecting back on my past experiences I have done, everything from being professional and all of my typing experiences has prepared me for this internship.

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