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NJJN Forum 2019

Join Us in Washington, DC! 

We are excited to have you join us at NJJN's 2019 Forum "Modeling Youth Led Advocacy" held from Monday, July 22 - Wednesday, July 24 in Washington, DC.

This year our annual event centers the work and and wisdom of young people, who were instrumental in planning our three days together.  We will engage deeply with young people and will elevate systems change work that is led by youth-adult partnerships across the country.  We will also spend a day together to work collectively towards our vision of creating an anti-racist youth justice network. 

The National Juvenile Justice Network is a member-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. On Wednesday, July 24th, we open up our Forum to all allies in the youth justice reform movement 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. 

Registration is now open for members!





The Forum will be held at Arnold & Porter LLP (map), in Washington, DC.  A special reception will be held at Busboys and Poets (map) on the evening of Tuesday, July 23rd to honor our youth justice award winners.   


The closest hotel is Hampton Inn Washington-Downtown-Convention Center (map).  



Below is a preview of our three days together:

Saturday, July 20th-Sunday, July 21st : YJLI Alumni Retreat
All Youth Justice Leadership Institute Alumni are invited to participate in this annual, pre-Forum retreat.  This is a time to reenergize, reconnect and recharge for the year ahead.

Monday, July 22nd, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM  - Members Only - Pre-Forum Skill Building

Join us for pre-forum skill building sessions. Optional trainings include: 

  • Hill Visit Briefing - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM:  We are encouraging advocates to visit their Congressional representatives to discuss youth justice issues. We will provide issue briefs and talking points.  *We ask members to schedule their own visits.  
  • Fundraising Peer Strategy Workshop  - 12:00 - 2:00 PM:This peer-led workshop will give folks a space to discuss strategies for fundraising such as foundations, special events, and individual giving.
  • New Advocate Workshop - 12:00 - 2:00 PM: Designed for individuals new to the advocacy space, this workshop will ground folks in the basics of moving policy reform.
  • Building the Core: An Embodied Leadership Workshop -  2:00 - 5:00 PM:   Do you feel like you are in touch with the core values and principles and drive your passion for justice? Led by Rusia Mohiuddin from Universal Partnership, this workshop will help you connect to these core values – whether they emerge from you, your organization or your community.  By clearly drawing a line between values and actions, you will be able to improve your social change leadership. Participants will develop a vision for where they want to be in 3-9 months and will learn practices that can help them achieve their goals. Check out more on Embodied Leadership at Universal Partnership.. This is a great workshop to prepare for our opening day devoted to the pursuit of anti-racism in the youth justice space.
Tuesday, July 23rd 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM  - Members Only

Embracing a Purposeful Approach to Anti-Racist Youth Justice Advocacy:
At this year’s Forum, we’ll be cementing our vision, goals and benchmarks for NJJN’s commitment to becoming an anti-racist network.  We will spend time engaging in our new framework, reflecting on how it affects our individual and collective work, and planning for the work back home. This day is devoted to exploring how we can work collectively to dismantle racism and white supremacy in the pursuit of youth justice.

Evening Reception Tuesday, July 23rd 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM - All are Welcome! 

Celebrate Inspiring Leaders with a Youth Hosted Awards Reception and Open Mic Night 
Location: Busboys and Poets, 450 K Street NW
  • Gutsy Advocate for Youth Award
  • Emerging Leader Award
  • Youth Leadership Award - New!

Wednesday, July 24th 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM - All are Welcome!
  • Welcome and networking
  • Youth Adult Partnership Training
  • Successful Youth Adult Partnership Models
  • Youth Justice Issue Discussion Tables
  • Road to Reform and Forum Closing  

This event will be photographed and videotaped.