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Youth Justice Reform Roundup | February 2016

February 22, 2016
Zoe Schein

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  • The New Jersey Parents Caucus and B-More Awesome (led by Kathy Wright and Rashad Hawkins, both NJJN members and alums of NJJN's Youth Justice Leadership Institute)) are offering a one-day training for professionals in the juvenile justice, mental health, and child welfare systems on youth & family engagement and partnership. The workshop will explore engagement strategies and barriers, history and principles of youth and family involvement, and specific strategies for high-risk youth and families. The workshop will be held once on March 10 and once on March 18, from 9:30AM - 4:30PM, at Grassmann Hall - Trinitas Regional Medical Center, 655 E Jersey St Elizabeth NJ 07206. There is a $199.00 fee to register. For more information or to register, contact the New Jersey Parents Caucus at 908-996-7471 or info@njparentcaucus.org.
  • The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy is accepting applications for its Youth in Custody Certificate Program, to be held May 9–13, 2016, in Washington, DC. Leaders working in juvenile justice, child welfare, mental health, substance abuse, education, and other related systems that serve youth in the custody of the juvenile justice system are invited to apply. The Youth in Custody Certificate Program is conducted in part with support from OJJDP's Center for Coordinated Assistance to States. The application deadline is March 18, 2016.

  • Now through March 11, the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice (NCMHJJ) is accepting applications for a national technical assistance initiative aimed at helping states develop and improve financing strategies to support a continuum of effective, quality behavioral healthcare services and supports for youth diverted from the juvenile justice system. Learn more and apply
  • On Friday, February 26 at 12:30PM EDT, Law at the Margins will host a webinar titled "Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Dismantling Juvenile Prison," featuring panelists Mishi Faruqee, the National Field Director of the Youth First! Initiative, and Nell Bernstein, author of Burning Down the House, which calls for the shutdown of the nation's youth prisons. 

  • The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law's 2016 Racial Justice Training Institute (RJTI) is accepting applications through February 29, 2016. RJTI will cover a wide range of best practices ranging from traditional litigation and policy advocacy, to media and messaging, to the latest debiasing strategies. Participants will learn how to use new racial justice knowledge and skills in their daily work and in the race-equity initiatives that each team will pursue throughout the Institute. Over the course of six months (May through October), RJTI participants will meet both online and in person (in Chicago from June 21-24, 2016). Learning activities will include presentations, discussion forums, facilitated peer support groups, and other activities designed to improve participants' core competencies to advance racial justice. Learn more and apply

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