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Annual Forum 2016


Join Us at NJJN's 2016 Forum!

Hosted by the Alumni of the Youth Justice Leadership Institute 

Come join us on July 25-27 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, we are proud to announce that the forum will be hosted by the awesome alumni of our powerhouse 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.

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 over 15 system-impacted youth from NJJN member states to the Forum, for leadership development and other learning opportunities.

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

[Registration closed as of July 15, 2016.]

>>Conference agenda overview
>> Download the final agenda for July 23-26 here (PDF) -- and the agenda for July 27 here (PDF).


The Forum will be held at the University of Memphis Law School in the heart of Downtown Memphis. A reception will be held on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 6pm - 8 pm at Cafe Keough, 12 S Main St, Memphis, TN 38103.


A hotel block has been held from Saturday July 23rd- Wednesday July 27th at:

Holiday Inn Downtown Memphis
160 Union Ave.Memphis, TN 38103

The group rate is $159/night for Saturday July 23 and $139/night thereafter.  Each individual guest must make their own reservations by registering here or by calling the hotel directly at 1-888-300-5491 and asking for the "National Juvenile Justice Network" room block. To qualify for these rates, you must reserve by June 23, 2016.  

All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card.  Regrettably, NJJN cannot cover hotel costs. However, hotel costs can be reimbursed if you receive a travel scholarship. (See "travel scholarships," below.)


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. 


Monday, July 25, 2016 (Members Only) 

9:30-11:15 - Working Group Meetings and Communications Training

11:30 am-4:30 pm - Fundraising Training (Boxed lunch to be provided by NJJN)

Don't miss this!
It's a unique opportunity to work with Beth Grupp, a premiere fundraising consultant who's already working with a number of NJJN member organizations with great success. Beth has over three decades of experience working nationally and internationally -- she's known for her high-energy presentation style and her passion for supporting the progressive movement. Beth places special emphasis on energizing those who hate fundraising! If you've ever felt like you needed more funds to accomplish your goals, this is the training for you.

12:00-4:00 pm - Site Visits to JDAI or Juvenile Intervention and Faith-Based Followup (JIFF) program and evening reporting center. (Boxed lunch to be provided by NJJN)

Dinner on your own.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016  (Members Only) 

8:30-9:00 am - Breakfast (Sponsored by the Shelby County Public Defender’s Office and the University of Memphis Law School)

9:00-9:30 am - Welcome from NJJN Leadership, YJLI Alumni, and Stephen Bush, Shelby County Public Defender 

9:30-12:30 pm - Opening Plenary, Juvenile Justice in a Black Lives Matter Era 

Description: This plenary will be a facilitated racial justice training for all NJJN members, focused on how to make racial justice a priority in designing state campaigns; working alongside communities directly impacted by proposed legislation; and providing members with more language and tools around talking about race and doing racial justice work. 

1:00 - 2:30 pm  - Lunch and Membership Meeting - All are welcome!

2:45-4:00 pm - Concurrent Workshops

  • Girls in Juvenile Justice
  • Solitary Confinement
  • Confidentiality

6:00-8:00 pm - NJJN Reception and Awards Ceremony (Sponsored by Just City Memphis)


  • Beth Arnovits Gutsy Advocate for Youth Award 
  • Emerging Leader Award 
  • Awards for Leadership in Juvenile Justice Reform

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 23-26 here (PDF) -- and the agenda for July 27 here (PDF).