JJ Monitor
September 2017

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CJJ Announces 2017 Virtual Youth Summit and 2018 Annual Conference

2017 Youth Summit
On Nov. 11 from 1 2-4 p.m. Eastern, CJJ will host a Virtual Youth Summit. This event will provide an opportunity for individuals ages 24 and younger to learn more about  juvenile justice, and to share ideas for ways to work together to improve systems across the country. 

This virtual gathering will enable young people to join together remotely, regardless of where they may be,  to engage in a conversation and learning experience with their peers. Learn more about juvenile  justice, what it is, and how to get engaged. Hear from other youth who are already working in this  area and explore ways to collaborate in - and lead - juvenile justice reform. 
To register, or learn more, click here

2018 Annual Conference
CJJ announces its annual conference, "At The Intersections: How Federal, State, and Local Partners Can Work Together to Improve Juvenile Justice". The event will be held June 27-30th in Washington D.C., at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. The conference will discuss emerging issues and further develop ideas on how to improve our juvenile justice system. Conference  and hotel registration is now available.

Stay tuned for additional details and speaker announcements! 

CJJ Announcements
Deadline Extended for CJJ's Emerging Leader's Committee! Apply by October 27th!
CJJ is excited to be expanding our Emerging Leaders Committee (ELC) and is calling on all interested young people aged 16-24 to submit an application!

The ELC will make recommendations to the CJJ leadership and Executive Board, and support youth member recruitment, promote youth engagement across all organizational projects, programs, and activities. Members will also play a key role in shaping and broadening the scope and scale of CJJ's youth partnership work over the coming years. If selected, members will be expected to participate in monthly 1-hour long conference calls and to actively participate in CJJ ELC projects.

This is an excellent opportunity for dynamic young leaders who want to get more involved with CJJ's work, and network with the broader juvenile justice reform community!

Interested in Joining? Click here to apply. Applications will be accepted until 12 pm ET, Friday, October 27, 2017.  

Upcoming CJJ Webinars
The Interstate Compact for Juveniles(ICJ): What it Means for Runaway Youth
The Interstate Compact on Juveniles poses special challenges for courts when a youth comes before them who has run away from home and crossed state lines in the process. Learn what the ICJ is and special considerations when dealing with runaway or homeless youth.

This webinar will take place on October 23 at 3 p.m., Eastern. Click here to register today! 

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Member Spotlight: Washington State

Washington State Youth Committee Uses Technology to Engage Incarcerated Peers
Washington State's Juvenile Justice Advisory Group is working to incorporate the voice of incarcerated youth and learn from young people's lived expertise with the juvenile justice system. On August 18, 2017 Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice - Youth Committee met to discuss upcoming events they are planning, including a screening of "They Call Us Monsters".  The Youth Committee includes previously incarcerated youth that have re entered into the community and are contributing to society in a positive way, and youth who are currently housed in Green Hill, Echo Glen and Naselle, the state's juvenile detention facilities. Participants who are still detained are WebEx'd in to the meeting.  Steve Primas, Compliance Monitor and Youth Committee staff, completed a successful compliance monitoring site visit of Green Hill and was on site for the youth committee meeting. In a report, Steve indicated that he is committed to developing youth despite their circumstances and said his biggest take away, was a youth saying, "Don't forget about us, we are more than the crimes we have committed." 

For additional information about the meeting and other work that Washington's Youth Committee is undertaking, click here

Federal Policy Update:
Continuing Budget Resolution
Earlier this month, Congress approved proposals that will raise the debt ceiling and continue to fund the federal government through Dec. 8, 2017. This extends the time Congress has to reach a final agreement on funding levels for juvenile justice and other programs for fiscal year 2018. 

Legislation Aims to Support Education for Youth Experiencing Homelessness and Those in Foster Care
Two pieces   of le gislation were introduced in Congress that support education for youth and young a dults who have experienced homelessness or been in the foster care system. Youth w ho experienced homelessness or were in foster care often do not complete scho ol, because of a lack of support and means. "The Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act"  and "The Fostering Success in Higher Education Act of 2017", aim to change that by promoting education and seeking to ensure that youth are  given opportunities to receive higher education, and gain economic independence. The "Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act", offers financial aid for homeless young adults and youth, and requires colleges to connect them with the resources to succeed. The "Fostering Success in Higher Education Act of 2017", establishes extensive programs for K-12, including summer programs and many support systems that will aid in their educational development. These two bills seek to provide young people with the chance to succeed in their education and throughout their lives.

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