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Join Us at NJJN's Annual 2016 Forum!


2016 Annual NJJN Forum

Hosted by the Alumni of the Youth Justice Leadership Institute 

Come join us on July 27 in Memphis, Tennessee for NJJN's 2016 Forum. Our annual event brings together advocates for youth justice reform for training, networking, strategy-sharing -- and fun! 

This year’s Forum will bring together youth, families, advocates and allies for workshops, plenaries, and more, and will be focused on enabling all of us to achieve real change in our youth justice systems. It will have a strong focus on racial justice and placing those directly impacted by the system – families, youth, and communities of color, among others – at the forefront of the youth justice reform movement. And -- for the first time ever -- your Forum hosts are making arrangements to bring system-impacted youth from NJJN member states to the Forum, for leadership development and other learning opportunities.

This year's forum will be hosted by the powerhouse alumni of NJJN's 
Youth Justice Leadership Institute (YJLI)! Because the Institute focuses on racial justice, and because its alumni represent the communities most directly impacted by the youth justice system, these leaders are natural conveners for this gathering of reformers from across the country. 

Remember, the Forum is an unparalleled opportunity for networking and sharing strategies with your colleagues and allies from across the country – but it only comes once a year. Don’t miss it!

The NJJN 2016 Forum has been made possible with the gracious sponsorship of the Annie E. Casey FoundationJust City MemphisPew Charitable Trusts' Public Safety Performance Project, the Public Welfare Foundation, and the Shelby County Public Defender’s Office

[As of July 15, 2016, registration is now closed.]

>>Conference agenda overview

>> Download the final agenda for July 27 here (PDF).


The Forum will be held at the University of Memphis Law School in the heart of Downtown Memphis. 


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 going to selecting the option to donate when you go to the registration page. 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 2016 Forum, please e-mail info@njjn.org. 


Wednesday, July 27, 2016  (Open to the Public)

8:30-9:15 am: Breakfast and Welcome from Mayor Mark Luttrell, City of Memphis

9:15-10:45 am: Opening Plenary - Memphis/Shelby County Reforms

11:00 am-12:00 pm: Concurrent Workshops

  • Workshop A: Engaging Youth in their Communities       
  • Workshop B: Building Alternatives to Detention by Partnering with Law Enforcement 
  • Workshop C: Models for Organizing System-Involved Youth
  • Workshop D: An Investigation into the Boundaries of Juvenile Courts

12:00-2:00 pm: Lunch and Closing Plenary: Deincarceration in Kansas

2:30-3:00 pm: Forum Completion and Farewell from YJLI Host Committee


>> Download the final agenda for July 27 here (PDF).