JJ Monitor
May 2018

CJJ is Seeking Youth Applicants for the 2018 
Institute for Police Youth Engagement!
The Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) and The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in partnership with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is now accepting applications for the 2018  Institute for Police Youth Engagement: Supporting the Role of Law Enforcement in Juvenile Justice System Improvement which will take place July 24th-26th in Scottsdale, Arizona.  T o complete the Youth Participant Application, please click   here . Additional details regarding the Police Youth Engagement Project can be found here.

The Institute  for Police and Youth Engagement is a two-day interactive training program. This program enables law enforcement officials and youth from across the country to attend presentations, round-table  discussions, and interactive exercises that provide tools to foster, sustain, and expand positive relations between youth and law enforcement. 

A total of 20 to 25 youth applicants will be selected and receive a small stipend for their work during the Institute. All costs associated with travel, meals, and hotel accommodations will also be covered. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until Friday, May 18th.

2018 CJJ Youth Summit
Registration is open for CJJ's 2018 Youth Summit which will take place August 1st-3rd 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."

CJJ's Youth Summit is held annually in Washington, D.C., to provide emerging leaders in the juvenile justice field with information about new and emerging 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 attend this event in person, click 
To join the summit online, click  here.   
To access hotel accommodations for this event, click  here.

Stay tuned for a copy of the draft agenda!

2018 CJJ DMC Conference
Join us November 27th-30th at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore, Maryland for CJJ's 2018 DMC Conference: 

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

2018 CJJ Annual Conference  
We're looking forward to seeing you in D.C. next  month! CJJ will host it's 2018 Annual Conference on  June 27th-30th at Washington, D.C.'s Hyatt Regency. This year's event is entitled  "At the Intersections: How Federal, State, and Local Partners Can Work Together to Improve Juvenile Justice"!

This year's workshops and plenaries will take place from June 28th through the 29th, and will focus on the latest research, developments, and challenges facing our field today.  The following questions will be addressed in meetings, table-talks, and workshops alike:
  • How can states and communities serve as leaders in shaping a better juvenile justice system?
  • How can we improve collaborations with young people with lived experiences in the systems in which we work?
  • What can be done to leverage partnerships to help improve physical and mental health services, and better address youths' needs for education and housing?
  • What role does advocacy play as communities seek to improve services and provide for trauma-informed care for children and youth?
A draft of the agenda can be found  here.

Make Your Voices Heard: June 27th is Hill Day!
CJJ's Hill Day is held each year to kick off our  Annual Conference. Legislative offices are just a short walk or cab ride away from our conference hotel, the  Hyatt Regency. This day serves as a unique opportunity to help educate Congress about the importance of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. 

Participants should schedule their own meetings on Capitol Hill. To find your Members and their contact information cli ck  here . Training is available on the morning of June 27th to help prepare participants for their meetings. For more information about Hill Day, please contact Naomi Smoot at

Become a sponsor or exhibitor! 
Join us as a sponsor or exhibitor at CJJ's 2018 Annual Conference! To learn more about sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, please review our  2018 Sponsor and Exhibitor Information Packet . To apply to be a sponsor or exhibitor at this year's conference, please click  here  or contact CJJ Executive Director, Naomi Smoot at

Those with questions should contact CJJ Executive Director, Naomi Smoot at  or 202-467-0864 ext. 113. 
When implementing evidence-based programs for youth and their families, there's not much room for error: the stakes are high and the potential rewards are plentiful. 

This webinar will feature the award-winning Juvenile Justice Incentive Grant Program administered by the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) in partnership with the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice and Evidence-Based Associates (EBA).

Attendees will hear about 'mistakes' made along the implementation pathway and steps taken to remedy the shortcomings. Favoring 'progress, not perfection,' the Georgia partnership has yielded tremendous outcomes for youth, families, partners and the citizens of the Peach State - including more than 50% reductions in out-of-home placements each year since project inception.

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

Join us on June 14 at 3:00p.m., Eastern for  Noncitizen Youth in the Juvenile Justice System
  As harsher immigration policies are put in place, justice-involved immigrant youth may also be facing serious threats to their status in this country. 

Angie Junck and Rachel Prandini of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center will discuss the immigration consequences of delinquency, and provide policy guidance on affirmative steps advocates can take to assist non-citizen youth facing delinquency proceedings.  This webinar will also detail important areas of intersection between state and federal law, such as confidentiality of juvenile records. 

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,  CJJ individual    and  youth members , and  CJJ 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 email for more details. 
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Member Spotlight: Noy Worachit, Hawaii
Noy Worachit was born and raised on Oahu, Hawaii and spent several years in foster care, attending many schools and living inover 15 foster homes and shelters. She ran away with her siblings when they weren't placed together or allowed to see one another, and became involved in the juvenile justice system. 

While in a juvenile justice facility, she was a young, expectant mother. After emancipating from the foster care system, she attended college and joined the Air National Guard where she currently serves as an aircraft maintenance management analyst.  At 25 years old, Noy is a mother of two children, works full-time for the State Judiciary as a juvenile detention worker at the Hale Ho'omalu Detention Facility, and is on-call at both EPIC 'Ohana' as a Youth WRAP partner and HI HOPES as an Initiative Assistant.

 Noy is a Jim Casey Young Fellow, previously awarded with the Foster Club's Top 100 Leaders in America and Hawaii's Outstanding Advocate for Children and Youth Award.  Noy also serves as the president of the Oahu HI HOPES Youth Leadership Board and is on the Youth Committee of the Juvenile Justice State Advisory Council of Hawaii. 

Other News and Announcements
  • Registration is open for 
    The Model Programs Guide Diversion Programs Implementation Guide."  This webinar is presented by the OJJDP and Development Services Group Inc. and will address the resources available on OJJDP's  Model Program Guide. T o register for this event, click  here.
  • The National Law Center On Homelessness & Poverty will be holding the National Forum on the Human Right to Housing at Sidney Austin LLP., in Washington D.C., on June 27th, 2018. Registration information for this event can be found here.
  • 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 by May 18th to save $50 off regular registration rates!
  • The 2018 Protection and Advocacy (P&A) and Client Assistance Program (CAP) Annual Conference will be held June 18-21 in Baltimore, Maryland. This event has over 70 different workshops in which participants will build skills that enable them to deepen their commitment to disability advocacy. Registration information for this event can be found here.
  • The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) recently released a Request for Applications for the   2018 School-Justice Partnerships and Diversion Pathways Certificate Program   in partnership with the American Institutes for Research and the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice. The training will be held at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center.  The program will include  cutting-edge ideas, policies, and practices focused on the development of systems and partnerships that take a holistic approach to the educational process. This year CJJR has also introduced a revised curriculum which will include a full day dedicated to the development, operationalization and quality assurance of school-based diversion programs, as well as other new targeted modules on implicit bias and cultural responsivity, trauma-informed classrooms, the role of SROs, and disrupting school-justice pathways for youth with behavioral health needs.  Applications are due by Friday, June 15th,  Learn more here!   


  • OJJDP has released a new research brief that summarizes the evaluation of the "My Life" mentoring program for youth in foster care.  The "My Life" model uses weekly structured individual and group mentoring activities for 16- to 18-year-old youth in foster care to improve their self-determination skills to help them meet their goals.
  • 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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