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NJJN Forum 2018

Join Us in Durham, NC!

We are excited for you to join us July 16-18 in Durham, NC for NJJN's 2018 Forum, co-hosted by the Youth Justice Project of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice and Duke Children's Law Clinic. Our annual event brings advocates together for youth justice reform training, networking, strategy-sharing and fun! 

The National Juvenile Justice Network is a membership led, membership driven advocacy community. As such, we reserve the first two days of our Forum to gather as a membership body to celebrate, network and tend to business. We then open up our Forum to all allies in the youth justice reform movement on Wednesday, July 18th to hone in on the issues that face youth and provide solutions to push for fair and equitable treatment of all young people.

Please note that we have separate registration pages for members and non-members below. Not sure if you are a member? Check out your state page.

Member Registration

Ally and Public Registration


The Forum will be held at Duke University School of Law in Durham, NC (210 Science Dr, Durham, NC 27708). A special reception will be held on the evening of Tuesday, July 17th to honor our youth justice award winners.  


The recommended hotel is Hilton Garden Inn Durham/University Medical Center. You may book a room online or call them at 1-855-744-3692.  Please mention the Group Name: National Juvenile Justice Network and Group Code: NJJN. The special rate is $105 a night (2 queen beds).

Note: Individuals who receive a travel stipend and who wish to be reimbursed for their hotel stay, must stay at this hotel.

Travel Assistance

Note: Travel scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to only one scholarship per an organization. Travel scholarships are intended for individuals and organizations who could not otherwise afford to travel to Forum. Scholarships are limited to one per member and available on a first come, first serve basis. Checking above does not guarantee a scholarship. Below please indicate how much funding you anticipate needing (up to $500.00). NJJN staff will contact those individuals receiving scholarships via email. Please note that NJJN will only reimburse receipts up to $500.00 and will only reimburse hotels for those staying at the group hotel. It is expected that those requesting a scholarship, will attend the full Forum. Those seeking travel assistance must apply by Monday April 30th, 2018.

Ways to Help

  • Become a sponsor. If you're interested in becoming a sponsor of NJJN's 2018 Forum, please e-mail info@njjn.org

  • Donate to NJJN to help us further our mission.

AGENDA (Subject to Change)


Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15 (YJLI Alum Retreat)

Day 1: Monday, July 16, 2018 (Members Only) 

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM SITE VISITS and Young Leader’s Field Trip

  • Check back for more info

Dinner on your own.

Day 2: Tuesday, July 17, 2017 (Members Only) 

8:30 - 9:00 AM Breakfast and Welcome from Law School

9:15 - 10:30 AM Panel: Youth Justice in the NC Context

10:45 AM - 12:45 PM NJJN Anti-Racist Work – Peer Learning and Sharing on Organization Assessments

12:45 PM - 2:15 PM Membership Meeting and Lunch (Young Leaders Breakout Session)

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM Racial Justice Breakouts


Day 3: Wednesday, July 18, 2017 (Open to the Public)

8:00 - 10:30 AM Breakfast and Keynote

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BREAKOUTS

Topics covered may include:

  • Fortifying Public Defense
  • School to Prison Pipeline: Advancing reform in the wake of Parkland
  • Combatting the the Nexus of Immigration and Juvenile Justice

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  Lunch and Networking break

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM BREAKOUTS 

Topics covered may include:

  • Credible Messengers and Community Based Options for Youth with Serious Offenses
  • Restorative Justice
  • Intersectional Justice in Practice: What it looks like when you center the most marginalized

2:45 - 3:30 PM Next Steps for North Carolina

This event will be photographed and videotaped.

Member Registration

Ally and Public Registration