Introducing an Equity Learning Series for Juvenile Justice Practitioners and Partners

Register for an informational session on September 15

Posted September 7, 2021
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Two young men, who are of either Latino or Indigenous descent, smile at the camera.

How can juve­nile jus­tice prac­ti­tion­ers and their com­mu­ni­ty part­ners work togeth­er to make pos­i­tive dif­fer­ences in the lives of Black, Lati­no and Indige­nous youth who have been exposed to the legal sys­tem? On Sept. 15, 2021, the Annie E. Casey Foun­da­tion will hold a vir­tu­al infor­ma­tion ses­sion about its upcom­ing Equi­ty-Focused Learn­ing Series designed to build such teams’ capac­i­ty to advance equi­table prac­tices and poli­cies. The oppor­tu­ni­ties are open to all juris­dic­tions, whether or not they are part of the Juve­nile Deten­tion Alter­na­tives Ini­tia­tive (JDAI)® network.

For teams ready to move toward inspi­ra­tion, insight and imple­men­ta­tion of equi­table prac­tices and poli­cies in juve­nile jus­tice, this learn­ing series is the place,” says Gail D. Mum­ford, a senior asso­ciate at the Foundation.

Reg­is­ter for the Sept. 15 session

What:90-minute vir­tu­al infor­ma­tion­al ses­sion about the equi­ty learn­ing series

When: 3 p.m.–4:30 p.m. ET, Wednes­day, Sept. 152021

Who: The pan­elists will serve as fac­ul­ty for the series and include: 

  • James Czar­ni­ak, JCZ Consulting;
  • Hasan Stephens, Good Life Youth Foundation;
  • Lisa Gar­ry and Tiana Davis, Equi­ty in Prac­tice, LLC; and 
  • Stephen Chang and Juan Ale­gria, The Nation­al Equi­ty Project.

Reg­is­tra­tion is required.

Offer­ings in the learn­ing series

The Equi­ty-Focused Learn­ing Series will help teams explore their readi­ness to under­stand and imple­ment strate­gies that advance equi­table prac­tices and poli­cies. The first offer­ing is a guid­ed self-assessment.

  • Three-ses­sion ori­en­ta­tion to readi­ness for equi­ty work

    This vir­tu­al three-ses­sion series will be facil­i­tat­ed by the Nation­al Equi­ty Project. They will guide par­tic­i­pants through a self-assess­ment process that fun­da­men­tal­ly asks: Are our sys­tem and com­mu­ni­ty part­ners ready to advance an equi­ty agen­da?” If the answer is no, what is nec­es­sary to get ready? The series pro­vides a forum for teams to be frank about the cur­rent state of their equi­ty work and iden­ti­fy areas for growth. The ses­sions will be held between Octo­ber and Decem­ber 2021. Reg­is­tra­tion infor­ma­tion will be avail­able in the fall.

    Atten­dance at the ori­en­ta­tion-to-readi­ness ses­sions is required to par­tic­i­pate in either of the learn­ing series described below. Infor­ma­tion will be shared with atten­dees about the selec­tion cri­te­ria and process.

  • Go deep­er with Results Count to achieve equi­ty-focused results

    Select­ed teams will engage in four ses­sions that will intro­duce the Results Count® frame­work, a unique set of tools and skills from the Casey Foun­da­tion. The ses­sions will help estab­lish or strength­en col­lab­o­ra­tion and align­ment between juve­nile jus­tice prac­ti­tion­ers and com­mu­ni­ty part­ners toward youth well-being.

  • Go deep­er with coach­ing: move from the­o­ry to practice

    Select­ed teams will receive cus­tomized coach­ing sup­port. This learn­ing oppor­tu­ni­ty includes tech­ni­cal assis­tance, capac­i­ty build­ing and coach­ing to sup­port imple­men­ta­tion of equi­ty-focused poli­cies and practices.

The truth is equi­ty work is hard,” Mum­ford says. We hope that by work­ing togeth­er to estab­lish com­mon val­ues, use the Results Count frame­work, name what we want to achieve and mod­i­fy prac­tice as nec­es­sary, we can achieve more pos­i­tive out­comes for Black, Lati­no and Indige­nous youth who encounter the juve­nile jus­tice system.” 

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