CJJ Monitor
July 2018

2018 CJJ Youth Summit
Don't miss CJJ's 2018 Youth  Summit! The event will take place August 1-3 at the University of the District of Columbia's David A. Clarke School of Law. This year's Summit is entitled  " Empowering Youth: Resiliency Through Trauma ". A full agenda is available here.

CJJ's Youth Summit is held annually in Washington, D.C., to provide emerging leaders in the juvenile justice field with information about new issues, and to create opportunities for youth engagement at all levels. There will also be a live-stream of this event, making it accessible to those who are unable to travel to D.C. 

To register to attend this year's Summit in person, click here. To register to attend the Summit virtually, click hereTo make hotel reservations, please click here.

"Youth Collaboration: Tools and Tips from Youth SAG Members"
We are pleased to announce the release of our newest report e ntitled " Youth Collaboration: Tools and Tips from Youth SAG Members ". T his report provides tips and advice for ways in which SAGs can most effectively connect with, recruit, and engage youth members. The guide is based on youth recommendations on ways to make emerging leaders feel heard, and ensure that their lived expertise and opinions are valued. To read the report clink here

2018 CJJ DMC Conference
Join us November 27-30 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore, Maryland for CJJ's 2018 DMC Conference: "Reclaiming the Future: Uniting to End Racial and Ethnic Disparities".  

CJJ is currently accepting workshop applications for our upcoming DMC conference. To apply or learn more, click  here .

This year's conference will explore ways states and communities can address and eliminate dispr oportionate minority contact within their juvenile justice systems. To register for this event, click here,  and to make hotel reservations for this event, click here.

CJJ 2018 Annual Conference
Thank you to all who attended this y ear's Annual Conference! It was a pleasure to host more than 390 attendees from 47 states, territories, and Washington, D.C. The agenda was packed with presentations, workshops and panels on topics  including race and gender within the juvenile justice system, housing stability, education, implicit bias, and much more.

During the Youth Collaboration pane l youth members provided insight into their lived expertise and motivation for working towards juvenile justice system improvement. Youth attendees also shined in a series of youth-led workshops, including "From At-Risk to At-Hope: Youth-Led Strategies to Channel Tragedy Into Change", led by founding members of the Florida-based EVAC Movement.

During the award ceremony, CJJ's National Spirit of Youth Award winner, Amanda  Clifford, shared h er personal experience in the juvenile justice system  and explained how this informs her current advocacy and passion for system improvement.  Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), this year's A.L. Carlisle Child Advocacy Award recipient,  also spoke about his  commitment  to providing federal protections for youth through the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Protection Act . Jennifer Withrow, the recipient of the Tony Gobar Outstanding National Juvenile Justice Specialist Award,  spoke about her current collaborative efforts to spearhead innovative procedures and practices within the juvenile justice system.

We thank you for attending.

Federal Policy Update

Upcoming Webinars
Join us on August 28 at 3:00pm Eastern for   Understanding gendered pathways into the juvenile justice system equips providers with ways to effectively focus on the complex needs, vulnerabilities, trends, and opportunities of each individual's gender identity and sexuality. 

This webinar, presented by Giovanna Taoemino and Kiku Johnson of the One Circle Foundation, will explore two nationally recognized, research-based, gender responsive support group models - Girls Circle® and The Council for Boys and Young Men® - that have proven results across all sectors. These model programs are steeped in evidence-based principles that include brain science, resilience, strengths-based positive youth development, trauma, culturally responsive principles, and motivational interviewing practices that stimulate critical thinking within a gender responsive framework. 

Participants will be able to identify the two models' evidence-based outcomes, successful implementation guidelines, and resources including training, manual-guided curriculum, and Q&A tools, and learn how these programs can meet the needs of youth. 

This webinar is free to CJJ members. To become a member, click here. To register, click here today!

Would You Like to Blog for CJJ?
CJJ is looking for bloggers for CJJ Today  to author stories and posts about j uvenile justice. We're particularly interested in stories from State Advisory Group members or staff   or staff, CJJ individual or   organizational members, about issues at the state or local level, interesting programs or approaches, and perspectives about the course of juvenile justice reform at the local or state level. We also welcome blog posts from other juvenile justice system stakeholders. Blog posts can be between 400-750 words in length. Click here  to see our other guidel ines for blogs.  
Suggested topics could include:   
  • School to Prison Pipeline
  • Girls in the Juvenile Justice System
  • Remedying Racial and Ethnic Disparities
  • Adolescent Brain Development 
  • Evidence-Based Practices
  • Status Offenses
  • Family and Youth Involvement
  • Promising Practices or Program Spotlights
  • If interested please ema il fo r mor e details. 
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Member Spotlight:  Amanda Clifford, Ca.
Amanda Clifford is the 2018 Spirit of Youth Award honoree. Amanda was 17 years old when she came into contact with the juvenile justice system.  She spent roughly 2 years in both the juvenile and adult justice systems. After being released from custody, Amanda obtained her Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Political Science from West Valley College, graduating with honors.

In July 2017, Amanda accepted a Policy Associate position at Bill Wilson Center, a non-profit that serves youth experiencing homelessness. She serves on committees offering insight from her lived experiences to shape federal, state and local policies for youth. In her short time there, Amanda has been recognized by the CEO for her outstanding accomplishments advocating for youth in Washington, D.C. and was recognized as one of 2017's Phenomenal Women by a California non-profit, Building Peaceful Families.

Amanda is currently attending graduate school to obtain an MA in Public Policy and Administration and to strengthen her advocacy skills for disadvantaged youth. Amanda continues to serve on local collaborative committees and share her lived-expertise with policymakers to create serious improvements to the juvenile justice system.

Other News and Announcements
  • The 2018 National Forum On Criminal Justice will be held July 22-25 in Fort Worth, Texas. This event is sponsored by the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) and the IJIS Institute. Register here.
  • Georgetown University is accepting applications for their, Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities Certificate Program. Over the past six years, this certificate program has helped stakeholders from dozens of jurisdictions across the country improve outcomes for youth of color in local juvenile justice systems. This program is an intensive, hands-on training designed to bring together teams from around the country with individualized support to reduce racial and ethnic disparities and implement a strategic project in their home jurisdiction to promote equity and improve outcomes for youth of color. The Certificate Program is presented by the Center for Children's Law and Policy (CCLP) and the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University (CJJR). To learn more about this program, click here.

  • The Division of Criminal Justice Services is recruiting for a Deputy Commissioner for Youth Justice in Albany, New York. For more information, click here.
  • Hailly T.N. Korman of Bellwether Education Partners recently released "Measuring Educational Opportunity in Juvenile Justice Schools"a slide deck that analyzes education opportunities in juvenile justice schools based on information in the Office for Civil Rights Data Collection. This analysis is the first attempt to establish a data baseline across states. 
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