Joint Opportunity to Learn and Strive

JOLT is a unique class especially designed for people interested in working in Juvenile Probation. It is an experiential class co-taught by MSU Department of Sociology and Corrections and Blue Earth County Community Corrections. Students receive training and then become mentors to juveniles on probation in either Blue Earth or Brown County. Students also work in one the probation offices each week, to increase their understanding of the work of a probation officer. Class time, throughout the year, will include training, discussion, and reflection of mentoring and probation office work.

Course Objectives

  • Youthful offenders will be provided effective and responsive services through placement in this mentorship program.
  • Corrections majors will sharpen their skills working with low risk juvenile clients. 
  • Corrections majors will be exposed to a number of learning opportunities related to community corrections (i.e., attend court hearings, attend staffings at schools,setup community work service hours, complete violation reports, if necessary).
  • Classroom discussion will supplement and integrate field experiences.

Course Requirements

  • Students will receive comprehensive training and orientation prior to being assigned a mentee.
  • Students will spend approximately 4 hours a week with their assigned mentee.
  • Students will assist mentee in meeting goals assigned by mentee’s probation officer.
  • Students will regularly meet and report to mentee’s probation officer.
  • Students will observe or participate in special programs in the probation offices.
  • Students will work approximately 3 hours a week in some program in one of the probation offices.
  • Attend weekly discussions about work activities

This is a two-semester commitment, only open to Corrections Majors. Applications are available at the Sociology and Corrections office (AH 113) or Online . Interested students need to complete an application and submit it to or at the Department of Sociology and Corrections (AH113) by 4:00 p.m., March 31. Applicants will participate in a formal interview and be subject to a background check.

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