Leadership Program Welcomes New Class of Youth Justice Leaders

Updated November 3, 2023 | 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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