Reimagining Juvenile Justice Curriculum Now Available Online — for Free
School & Main Institute’s Reimagining Juvenile Justice (RJJ) curriculum, which is designed for professionals working in the juvenile justice field, is now available online — for free.
A Closer Look at the RJJ Curriculum
Sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and designed by School & Main Institute and their partners at Wheelock College of Education at Boston University, RJJ consists of six core courses and an introduction. The courses, which are rooted in research, show that youth thrive with positive opportunities and connections to caring adults.
The RJJ training curriculum aims to:
- encourage public systems and community-based partners to collaborate more frequently and creatively;
- promote alternatives to justice system involvement and incarceration; and
- advance approaches that focus on a young person’s strengths and interests—not their deficits.
The following RJJ courses are available now on School & Main’s website:
Positive Youth Development Fundamentals
Learn about adolescent brain development, how to support a young person’s well-being and how to put positive youth development principles into practice.
Using a Cross-Systems Approach
Review how to identify, access and navigate a diverse spectrum of youth-serving systems, opportunities and resources. Explore leveraging mutual self-interest and shared goals to reconcile divergent views and relationships across these systems.
Addressing Racial and Ethnic Equity and Inclusion Issues in Policy and Practice
Learn how to identify policies and practices within youth-serving systems that are racially and ethnically discriminatory. Discover strategies for focusing on a young person’s potential and eliminating policies and practices that have a disparate effect on youth of color.
Engaging Youth Voice and Empowering Youth Leadership
Identify and advocate for opportunities that position young people to be active architects in creating their own pathway to success.
Fostering Positive Family Relationships in the Juvenile Justice System
Explore how to establish positive, authentic and trusting relationships with the parents and families of system-involved youth. Learn to leverage family and community ties in ways that recognize and promote their role in developing youth plans.
Transforming Policy and Practice: Presentations and Recommendations
Discover how to examine policies and practices to ensure that juvenile justice reforms continue — and continue to support positive youth development and a cross-systems approach. Review guidance on developing recommendations for leadership within each jurisdiction.
In addition to these online courses, the RJJ curriculum is also available as a hybrid professional development opportunity facilitated by experienced trainers.
“We are excited that the full RJJ curriculum, after being tested in the field and informed by young people affected by the justice system, is now available to any frontline staff and local system interested in expanding opportunities and improving outcomes for youth,” says David E. Brown, a senior associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Today, more than 800 youth-serving professionals across 16 states have completed RJJ training, which School & Main Institute designed in 2016 with the help of experts in the fields of youth work, child welfare and juvenile justice. The organization expects to offer an RJJ Training-for-Trainers Institute in 2023 and will continue to update its RJJ curriculum, according to Kathy Flynn Woodland, director of field services at School & Main Institute.