Call for Nominations for 2019 JDAI Awards

Posted August 2, 2019
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Nominations sought for 2019 JDAI Awards for juvenile justice reformers.

The Annie E. Casey Foun­da­tion is seek­ing nom­i­na­tions for five nation­al awards that acknowl­edge com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers, com­mu­ni­ty-based orga­ni­za­tions, gov­ern­ment sys­tem lead­ers and juve­nile pro­ba­tion offi­cers who have made extra­or­di­nary con­tri­bu­tions to juve­nile jus­tice reform.

Hon­orees will be announced and cel­e­brat­ed at Casey’s 2019 Juve­nile Deten­tion Alter­na­tives Ini­tia­tive® (JDAI) Inter-Site Con­fer­ence in Seat­tle, Octo­ber 1618.

Nom­i­na­tions are open through August 23 in five award categories:

The Natal­ie S. Bimel Award:
Rec­og­niz­ing out­stand­ing com­mu­ni­ty lead­ers in youth jus­tice reform

The award rec­og­nizes com­mu­ni­ty lead­ers who ded­i­cate them­selves to the well-being of local res­i­dents and young peo­ple in the juve­nile jus­tice sys­tem. The award’s name­sake estab­lished sev­er­al high­ly regard­ed pro­grams that reduced reliance on incar­cer­a­tion and helped return­ing cit­i­zens suc­cess­ful­ly reen­ter the com­mu­ni­ty. Bimel passed away in 2004, short­ly after direct­ing a film about the ear­ly imple­men­ta­tion of JDAI, These Are Our Kids: Trans­form­ing Juve­nile Deten­tion in Three Amer­i­can Cities.

Pri­or recip­i­ents of the award include William Bar­ton, Rick Velasquez, Melvin Carter, Tar­sha Jack­son, Richard Elias and, most recent­ly, William Rodriguez.

The Glo­ria J. Jenk­ins Award:
Hon­or­ing out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to reform by a com­mu­ni­ty-based organization

Ide­al nom­i­nees iden­ti­fy and respond to social jus­tice or local con­cerns with com­mu­ni­ty-dri­ven, inno­v­a­tive and sus­tain­able solu­tions, often influ­enc­ing poli­cies and prac­tices that improve youth well-being. The award’s name­sake and her hus­band, Eddie, estab­lished the West­side Asso­ci­a­tion for Com­mu­ni­ty Action (WACA) in Chica­go to enhance the well-being of local res­i­dents through advo­ca­cy, direct ser­vices and com­mu­ni­ty devel­op­ment. When deten­tion reform began in Cook Coun­ty, Illi­nois, in the ear­ly 1990s, WACA estab­lished the first evening report­ing cen­ter in the JDAI net­work, an inno­va­tion that has since been repli­cat­ed across the coun­try. Pri­or recip­i­ents include Fam­i­ly and Friends of Louisiana’s Incar­cer­at­ed Chil­dren, the Com­mu­ni­ty Jus­tice Net­work for Youth, the Juve­nile Law Cen­ter, the Mis­souri Juve­nile Jus­tice Asso­ci­a­tion, Youth Advo­cate Pro­grams, Inc. and, most recent­ly, Com­mu­ni­ty Con­nec­tions for Youth.

The JDAI Dis­tin­guished Sys­tem Lead­er­ship Award:
Rec­og­niz­ing indi­vid­u­als, or teams, who have lever­aged data and inno­v­a­tive part­ner­ships to real­ize last­ing juve­nile jus­tice reforms

Ide­al nom­i­nees for this award — the high­est Foun­da­tion hon­or for JDAI work ― have been instru­men­tal in help­ing imple­ment the JDAI core strate­gies with fideli­ty. Pri­or recip­i­ents include Dane Bolin, Jen­nifer LeBaron, Deb­o­rah Hodges, Steven David and, most recent­ly, Lisa Gar­ry, Toni Carter and Kurt Wolf.

The What­ev­er It Takes Award:
Hon­or­ing out­stand­ing juve­nile pro­ba­tion offi­cers in JDAI sites

New to the Inter-Site Con­fer­ence, this award was inspired by the sto­ries of local action and inno­va­tion fea­tured in the Foun­da­tion report Trans­form­ing Juve­nile Pro­ba­tion: A Vision for Get­ting It Right, which encour­aged the JDAI net­work to rethink how tra­di­tion­al pro­ba­tion serves youth. Bestowed for the first time at the 2018 JDAI Deep End Con­fer­ence, the award rec­og­nizes offi­cers who have giv­en their time, ener­gy, cre­ativ­i­ty and com­pas­sion to do what­ev­er it takes” to keep young peo­ple con­nect­ed with the nat­ur­al sources of sup­port with­in their fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties. Thus far, 10 offi­cers from coun­ties in Indi­ana, Min­neso­ta, Mis­souri, Ohio and Wash­ing­ton State have been recognized.

Tran­si­tion Award:
Spot­light­ing key indi­vid­u­als work­ing in JDAI sites who are retir­ing or chang­ing careers, or who have passed way

Ide­al nom­i­nees have exem­pli­fied extra­or­di­nary lead­er­ship in JDAI, engag­ing their peers and part­ners to imple­ment JDAI’s core strate­gies and/​or advance pol­i­cy reform. These indi­vid­u­als may include, but are not lim­it­ed to, JDAI coor­di­na­tors, pro­ba­tion chiefs, direc­tors, judges and tech­ni­cal assis­tance providers.

How to Sub­mit a JDAI Awards Nomination

The nom­i­na­tion form can be found on JDAIcon­nect, the online com­mu­ni­ty for the JDAI net­work and any­one inter­est­ed in youth jus­tice reform. Reg­is­ter for a free account at JDAIcon­nect. Nom­i­na­tors may sub­mit mul­ti­ple can­di­dates using sep­a­rate forms for each.

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