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Frequently Asked Questions | Annual Forum 2015

When will the Forum take place?
The Forum will open with a film screening at 7 PM Sunday, July 19, 2015. Full forum programming begins Monday, July 20, 2015 at 8:30 AM and will continue through Tuesday, July 21, 2015. There is the added opportunity to attend an optional Hill Day the morning of Wednesday, July 22 for advocates to meet with legislators on Capitol Hill. 

Please see the Forum Agenda for details on specific sessions.

Which days should I register for?
Events on Sunday, July 19 and Monday, July 20 during the day are open to NJJN members, partners, and Youth Justice Leadership Institute Fellows only. The reception on the evening of July 20th will be open to all (see below for more). Events on Tuesday, July 21 are open to the public.
If you are not sure if you are a member or partner, e-mail info@njjn.org.

Where will the Forum take place?
The bulk of Forum events will be held at Arnold & Porter LLP, at 555 12th Street, NW, 10th Floor, in Washington, D.C., 20004.

The film screening of Slavery by Another Name on Sunday, July 19 at 7:00PM will take place in the conference room at NJJN’s offices at 1319 F St. NW, Suite 402, Washington, D.C. 20004.

Hill Day visits on Wednesday, July 22 will take place on Capitol Hill. Click here to find contact information for your senator. Click here to find contact information for your congressperson.

How does Hill Day work?
We ask that those wishing to participate in Hill Day schedule their own appointments with legislators. (See above links to find contact information for your legislators’ offices.) NJJN will hold a webinar prior to the Forum to provide information regarding Hill Day and answer any questions you may have. Details on the webinar will be announced shortly and will be distributed to registrants and posted on this page.

How do I register for the Forum?
Registration links will be e-mailed to members and partners and Institute fellows and alumni. A registration link for friends and the public will be available here shortly.

What is the 10th anniversary reception?
NJJN will host its 10th anniversary reception on the evening of Monday, July 20th, to celebrate NJJN's 10 years of seeking justice and building a movement! That's a big deal. We plan to celebrate the power of joining together to advance reform, the hard work of youth justice advocates, and raise funds to push for more change. We'll honor our founders and present awards to some of our leaders in the field.  We are pleased to announce this year’s three award winners:

Beth Arnovits Gutsy Advocate for Youth Award

Jody Owens, who directs the Mississippi office of the Southern Poverty Law Center (an NJJN member) will receive this year’s award for an outstanding youth justice advocate who has tenacity, vision, fearlessness, and wisdom.

Lifetime Leadership in Youth Justice Reform

Patti Puritz, of the National Juvenile Defender Center, and Bob Schwartz of the Juvenile Law Center, will both receive 2015 awards for their outstanding contributions to the field of youth justice reform over the course of their careers. Patti Puritz and Bob Schwartz are trailblazers who have paved the way for a new generation of reformers. 

It'll be a fun, inspiring event. Come help us whoop it up and have a good time!

If I register for the Forum, am I automatically registered for the 10th anniversary reception?
No. You will need to register for the Forum and the reception separately.  Please note that the reception is a fundraiser for NJJN, so we encourage you to buy a ticket -- however, no member will be turned away from the reception.  

What are the strategy sessions? Why do I need to register for them?
Strategy sessions are designed as a space for advocates to collaborate meaningfully around specific areas of reform. We ask that you pre-register for these sessions so we can ensure that sessions remain small enough to be conducive to productive collaboration. Prior to the sessions, we will contact registrants to identify key issues for the facilitators to cover. For these reasons, we ask that you view registering for a strategy session as a commitment to attend.

Where will guests stay during the Forum? Do I need to reserve my own room?
NJJN has reserved a block of rooms at the George Washington Inn Hotel, located at 824 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037.

Rooms in the block are available from Saturday, July 18 until Wednesday, July 22, at a rate of $159/night. Individual guests must make their own reservations by calling the Hotel directly at (800) 424-9671 or (202) 337-6620 by June 24, 2015. However, the block may be filled before that time, so we encourage you to reserve your room as soon as possible.

To reserve a room, you must identify yourself as a member of the National Juvenile Justice Network room block and request reservations for the George Washington Inn Hotel using the Group Code 542203. All reservations must be guaranteed and accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card. NJJN is not covering hotel costs.  However, members can include hotel costs in their request for a travel scholarship. More information for scholarships can be found below. 

(See below for information on financial assistance to attend this year’s Forum.)

Are shared rooms available?
Yes. We encourage attendees concerned with cost to consider splitting hotel rooms. To facilitate room sharing, we have created a shared online document for attendees interested who want to share rooms to find one another. The room sharing document can be accessed here.

Where can I find the Forum agenda?
View the full Forum agenda here.

Will financial assistance be available?

Two types of scholarships will be available. Only members (including YJLI fellows) are eligible to apply for scholarships.

NJJN will provide a limited number of scholarships of up to $500 to its member organizations and YJLI fellows to cover the cost of travel, including lodging. Scholarships will be given on a first-come, first-served basis, with a preference for geographical diversity. Only one scholarship may be awarded per organization. The deadline to apply for scholarships is May 18, 2015. We will be unable to honor all scholarship requests; successful applicants will be notified by Thursday, May 21, 2015. 

Scholarship applications should be indicated appropriately through the registration page and must include an estimate of your travel costs. We will let you know if you’ve been approved for a scholarship after the deadline. Once your travel has been purchased, you may submit your receipts for reimbursement.

On the night of July 20th, NJJN will host a reception to celebrate its 10th anniversary. We are selling tickets for the event, but we want to make sure every member can attend. If you are affiliated with an NJJN member organization and would like a scholarship to attend the reception, please email us at info@njjn.org by June 19, 2015. This will also help us plan for the correct number of attendees. 

If you have questions about either type of scholarship, please email us. 

I want to help out with the Forum! What can I do?
If you would like to help out, we encourage you to:

Make a small donation to help defray the cost of meals: You can do so by selecting the option to donate on the first page of the registration site. We greatly appreciate your donation, and are humbled by the generosity of our community of advocates and allies.

Become a sponsor of the event: If you're interested in becoming a sponsor of NJJN's 10th Anniversary Forum, please e-mail info@njjn.org.