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 7–9, 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.
“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: