Applications Sought for the 2023 Reimagining Juvenile Justice Training-for-Trainers Institute
Applications are now being accepted for the 2023 Reimagining Juvenile Justice (RJJ) Training-for-Trainers (T4T) Institute. The professional development initiative is sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and delivered by School & Main Institute (SMI). Geared toward state and local agencies serving youth involved in the justice system and their partners, this team-based training opportunity is based on positive youth development — building youth services around strengths, interests and other positive aspects of a young person’s life.
Six teams will be selected to participate in the training program that will help them gain the skills and knowledge needed to bring the RJJ curriculum to their local jurisdictions. This year, the T4T Institute is emphasizing the role of young adult leaders as designers, partners and co-trainers.
Applications must be received by 5 p.m. ET, June 2, 2023. Lead applicants for the 2023 RJJ T4T Institute must be representatives of state or local public systems that serve youth involved in the justice system. They should aim to support, divert and redirect youth to appropriate and fair justice options, including those requiring a high degree of cross-system collaboration and coordination.
Two information sessions will be held to help interested applicants prepare for the process:
- April 27, 4–5 p.m. ET: Chat directly with the national RJJ team from SMI, the Casey Foundation and several experienced trainers from previous RJJ cohorts. Register here for session one.
- May 9, 4–5 p.m. ET: Speak with experienced young leaders about strategies for youth engagement and empowerment as designers, co-trainers and participants in RJJ training. Register here for session two.
The 2023 Institute is the sixth iteration of the RJJ curriculum, which was piloted by SMI in Massachusetts in 2016; replicated at the Pima County, Arizona, JDAI® site in 2018; and expanded to a national training-for-trainers institute in 2019, 2020 and 2022.
Josh Campbell, a former T4T participant with the Multi-Agency Resource Center in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, said: “RJJ worked better than anything I’ve ever done keeping people in the room, driving the conversation forward and working toward a common goal of happy, healthy and successful youth.”
In 2023, the RJJ T4T Institute will be delivered through several virtual and in-person activities. All team members should be able to commit to full participation in T4T activities to prepare them for bringing RJJ training to their local jurisdictions.