Taking their mission to the next level, the Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters organization is hosting a completely free juvenile expungement fair on July 16. With recruiter and events coordinator Brittany Waldman's help, the clinic will provide expungement services to area youths.
If someone qualifies, the clinic will help them either expunge their records or complete their diversion programs, Waldman says. She continues, outlining that in order to qualify for the expungement program, the applicant should be between the ages of 16 and 24. An important criteria is that a person should not have any adult convictions.
As part of the Face Forward program, the criminal record expungement fair is only one part of a multi-faceted approach towards juvenile justice. There are also mentoring services, educational support, and employment opportunities. The expungement portion, as described by Waldman, is being framed as "delete your past mistakes and face forward."
Face Forward staff will meet with the applicants in order to learn how the expungement process works, how to sign up, and to get all their questions answered. After the fair, all the cases will be analyzed and someone from the Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters organization will contact the applicants to let them know if they qualify or not.
Waldman states, "It's a really great opportunity for young adults of our community to get a fresh start and do something better." Funded by the Department of Labor, the clinic and any services provided through the program are free to participants.
Waldman said that people who are unsure whether they qualify or even have a record can attend the clinic to find out. Participants are not required to bring any paperwork, and if they are under the age of 18, they are asked to bring their legal guardian if possible. "We're really just trying to get anybody and everybody in the door. We're encouraging everybody with any type of juvenile record to come because [most of the time], it's probably expungable."
The fair will be from 10 am to 1 pm and 4 pm to 7 pm on July 16 at 310 E. 2nd Street in Wichita. For more information, you can contact Brittany Waldman at 316-290-8866.