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How the Youth Justice Leadership Institute Works

Each year, NJJN welcomes a diverse class of advocates and organizers of color, with demonstrated leadership acumen, to continue their advocacy efforts to bring broad, positive change to juvenile justice systems as Youth Justice Leadership Institute fellows.

During the year-long fellowship, fellows gain deeper knowledge about juvenile justice system structures and trends, learn about effective advocacy and organizing techniques, and are mentored by advocates who are advancing meaningful system reforms.

What Fellows Will Gain and Achieve

Throughout the year, fellows will engage with the Institute by participating in two in-person gatherings and a variety of distance learning activities. Upon completion of the program, Fellows are welcome to continue their participation in the National Juvenile Justice Network’s activities.

  • Leadership Fundamentals: Fellows identify and hone their own leadership abilities.
  • Juvenile Justice System Overview: Fellows examine the fundamentals of juvenile justice system processes, cutting edge issues and systemic change trends, and current research on best practices for the treatment of youth in trouble with the law.
  • Advocacy Skills Development: Fellows translate the knowledge and skills they attained through the Youth Justice Leadership Institute into on-the-ground action.

Project Outcomes for Past Fellows 

Every fellow takes on an advocacy project in their fellowship year. Here are some examples of project outcomes for past fellows
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