Register Now for the Opening Sessions of the Justice Link
On June 15 and 16, 2022, the Annie E. Casey Foundation will host four sessions on juvenile justice areas of interest: youth entrepreneurship, skill development for youth-serving professionals; community partnerships; and firearm harm reduction. This is the launch event for the Justice Link, a virtual pavilion to connect people — interactively and in real time — who are pursuing youth well-being, justice and equity.
About Justice Link
“The pandemic permanently affected the way we connect,” says Gail D. Mumford, a senior associate with the Foundation’s Juvenile Justice Strategy Group. “While it complicated our ability to gather, it did not alter our ability to share, connect and learn.”
What’s the Justice Link? It’s an interactive, engaging virtual community where individuals come to share their work and learn about the work of others.
Who’s it for? It’s for youth justice professionals and other individuals who want to see youth thrive in their communities.
Who stands to benefit? Young people. Strategies for connecting young people to opportunities and positive youth development typically benefit when those pursuing them share, connect and learn with others.
Why are we excited? The Link replicates a conference experience, from big plenaries to small conversations in the hallway and impromptu hellos over a beverage.
The Inaugural Event
The inaugural event offers the programming described below, as well as opportunities to meet colleagues across the country, network and have fun while learning and sharing. The same sessions will be offered live both days.
Beyond 16 Bars: Building Youth Entrepreneurship Through Hip-Hop Culture
How do we tap into the raw potential of our youth to harness their innate entrepreneurial qualities? This conversation with the Good Life Youth Foundation shares its comprehensive programming for young people based on hip-hop. Hear how this community-based organization applies pop culture to help youth develop their sense of identity and purpose — along with business and financial skills — and how the organization measures that it’s making a difference.
Reimagining Juvenile Justice
Interested in honing your approach to tough cases that require a high degree of cross-system collaboration or coordination? Learn what 800 youth-serving adults already know about a professional development opportunity specifically designed for people working with youth involved in the juvenile justice system and their families. The partners behind this six-part curriculum — called Reimagining Juvenile Justice — will share their goals for supporting, diverting and redirecting youth to appropriate and fair justice options. Hear about upcoming train-the-trainer and on-line course opportunities. Presenters include staff from the School & Main Institute plus faculty and leaders from among the 35 participating jurisdictions.
A Closer Look at Pierce County’s Transformation
If stories help you learn, join this case-study session offered by probation leaders, staff and community partners in Pierce County, Washington, home to Tacoma. Panelists will share strategies they have used to support young people in the community, increase the number of young people handled outside of a formal court process and reduce out-of-home placements. The session will examine:
- the tough work of shifting organizational culture;
- how to help Black youth succeed on probation instead of placement;
- research that indicates young people respond better to rewards for progress toward goals than they do to threats of punishment;
- strategies for building and maintaining relationships with more than 20 community-based partners and a family advisory council;
- how to approach revising probation conditions; and more.
Are referrals in your jurisdiction increasing due to gun-related charges? What’s the best response to youth who fear for their own safety and carry firearms for protection? Curious about new approaches and fresh thinking? Organizers from Stick Talk, a community-based organization in Chicago, will talk about their strategies for firearm harm reduction, which they developed with the young Black and Latino people they serve.
The Justice Link does not replace JDAIconnect, the online community for juvenile justice reformers. JDAIconnect is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for its users to access training on demand; find reports, articles, presentations and other documents on juvenile detention reform or youth justice more broadly; and seek advice, camaraderie, peer support or inspiration.
What: Inaugural sessions of the Justice Link
When: 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET, Wednesday, June 15, 2022, and 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET, Thursday, June 16, 2022.
Register for the event. In June, registrants will receive the agenda and the link to access the event.
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