Leadership Program Welcomes New Class of Youth Justice Leaders

Updated on November 3, 2023, and originally posted October 11, 2023, by the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Carol Matsuoka stands in front of a whiteboard, while leading a seminar.

Applied Leadership Network member Carol Matsuoka participating in a Results Count seminar.

The Annie E. Casey Foun­da­tion has announced its fifth class of Juve­nile Jus­tice Applied Lead­er­ship Net­work (ALN) par­tic­i­pants. The expe­ri­ence is root­ed in Results Count®, the Foundation’s approach to lead­er­ship devel­op­ment. Dur­ing the rig­or­ous 14-month pro­gram, teams from Puer­to Rico; San­ta Cruz Coun­ty, Cal­i­for­nia; Shel­by Coun­ty, Ten­nessee; and Westch­ester Coun­ty, New York will pur­sue mean­ing­ful change on behalf of young peo­ple who are involved or at risk of being involved with the legal system.

This pro­gram is about equip­ping lead­ers with the nec­es­sary con­fi­dence, skills and rela­tion­ships to take their work to the next lev­el and become cat­a­lysts for real and sus­tained progress for young peo­ple,” says Bar­bara Squires, direc­tor of Lead­er­ship Devel­op­ment at the Casey Foundation.

Meet the 20232024 Juve­nile Jus­tice Applied Lead­er­ship Net­work Participants

Puer­to Rico

San­ta Cruz Coun­ty, California

Shel­by Coun­ty, Tennessee

Westch­ester Coun­ty, New York

How Is the ALN Pro­gram Structured?

Begin­ning in Octo­ber 2023, par­tic­i­pants will attend a series of six mul­ti-day sem­i­nars designed to strength­en their abil­i­ties to make data-dri­ven deci­sions, col­lab­o­rate, strate­gize effec­tive­ly and under­stand sys­tems. In between ses­sions, cohort mem­bers will have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to inte­grate ALN learn­ing into their every­day work to help young peo­ple with jus­tice sys­tem involve­ment thrive in their homes, schools and communities.

ALN is an avenue to help juve­nile jus­tice sys­tems and com­mu­ni­ties work in part­ner­ship to under­stand — and sat­is­fy — the basic needs and aspi­ra­tions of young peo­ple who encounter the legal sys­tem,” says Gail D. Mum­ford, a Foun­da­tion senior asso­ciate. ALNers work to rec­og­nize and dis­man­tle the struc­tur­al bar­ri­ers in the way of young peo­ple hav­ing the sup­port, con­nec­tions and oppor­tu­ni­ties they need to succeed.”

About the Juve­nile Jus­tice Applied Lead­er­ship Network

ALN aims to devel­op lead­ers capa­ble of achiev­ing pow­er­ful, mea­sur­able and equi­table results that are essen­tial to mak­ing a last­ing dif­fer­ence for young peo­ple who face steep bar­ri­ers to suc­cess — espe­cial­ly young Black and Lati­no men — who are involved or at risk of being involved with the legal system.

Since 2008, the pro­gram has pro­duced four class­es of ALN lead­ers, now 53 alum­ni across 21 states. As ALN alum­ni, these lead­ers con­tin­ue to draw on peer sup­port to employ a results-dri­ven frame­work in their home organizations. 

Read about Casey’s approach to lead­er­ship development

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