Apply Now: Juvenile Justice Train-the-Trainer Opportunity to Develop Frontline Staff

Posted January 16, 2019
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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Now through Feb. 15, 2019, state or local juve­nile jus­tice agen­cies and orga­ni­za­tions can apply to par­tic­i­pate in a train-the-train­er pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment oppor­tu­ni­ty sup­port­ed by the Annie E. Casey Foun­da­tion. The two-and-a-half-day ses­sion — held in Den­ver, Colo. from May 79, 2019 — will focus on the Reimag­in­ing Juve­nile Jus­tice (RJJ) curriculum.

RJJ helps front­line juve­nile jus­tice pro­fes­sion­als bet­ter sup­port, divert and redi­rect youth to appro­pri­ate and fair jus­tice options, includ­ing options that require a high degree of col­lab­o­ra­tion and coor­di­na­tion across sys­tems and orga­ni­za­tions. The cur­ricu­lum is based on ado­les­cent devel­op­ment research that sug­gests youth thrive in a pos­i­tive envi­ron­ment with the sup­port of car­ing adults.

School & Main Insti­tute, a nation­al­ly rec­og­nized leader in train­ing and part­ner­ship devel­op­ment, will facil­i­tate the ses­sion. The orga­ni­za­tion pre­vi­ous­ly taught the cur­ricu­lum in Mass­a­chu­setts with 21 pro­fes­sion­als rep­re­sent­ing a vari­ety roles and agen­cies and also in Ari­zona with 28 par­tic­i­pants. Par­tic­i­pants from both ear­ly ses­sions report­ed being bet­ter equipped to sup­port and devel­op the strengths of youth and their families.


Casey’s Train-the-Train­er Insti­tute in Den­ver will be open to 30 new train­ers. Fol­low­ing this ses­sion, par­tic­i­pants will return to their home com­mu­ni­ties to deliv­er the RJJ cur­ricu­lum to staff who are work­ing direct­ly with young peo­ple in the juve­nile jus­tice system.

Key details about the oppor­tu­ni­ty that inter­est­ed juris­dic­tions may want to consider:

  • Agen­cies and orga­ni­za­tions should send a two-per­son train­ing team.
  • Beyond attend­ing the train­ing ses­sion in May, this team will be respon­si­ble for plan­ning their local deliv­ery of the RJJ cur­ricu­lum and par­tic­i­pat­ing in month­ly coach­ing calls with School & Main Insti­tute instructors.
  • School & Main, through the Casey Foun­da­tion, will cov­er the cost of one par­tic­i­pant in the two-per­son train­ing team.
  • Pref­er­ence will be giv­en to appli­cants who com­mit to cov­er­ing the trav­el and dai­ly costs relat­ed to one par­tic­i­pant attend­ing the Insti­tute. These expens­es are esti­mat­ed at $1,000–$1,500, depend­ing on trav­el costs to Denver.
  • Each juris­dic­tion would be expect­ed to cov­er the cost of its staff time.

See the FAQs for more information.

RJJ helps move front­line staff from an his­tor­i­cal­ly puni­tive frame­work — one that push­es many young peo­ple deep­er into sys­tem involve­ment — toward a more effec­tive approach,” says David E. Brown, a senior asso­ciate with the Casey Foundation’s Juve­nile Jus­tice Strat­e­gy Group. In doing so, the RJJ frame­work encour­ages staff to focus on young people’s strengths, not just problems.”

Train­ers will learn how to deliv­er the six core course mod­ules of RJJ along with instruc­tion­al strate­gies to engage adult learn­ers. Con­tent cov­ered includes:

  • the fun­da­men­tals of pos­i­tive youth development;
  • col­lab­o­ra­tion across systems;
  • youth voice and leadership;
  • racial and eth­nic equi­ty; and
  • fam­i­ly engagement.

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