Transforming Juvenile Probation 2024 Certificate Program
Apply by Feb. 28
Participants in the 2022 Transforming Juvenile Probation certificate program at Georgetown
Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) is now accepting applications for the Transforming Juvenile Probation Certificate Program. The weeklong certificate program, offered with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, aids state and local jurisdictions in adopting a safer, youth-centered approach to juvenile probation.
What Is the Transforming Juvenile Probation Certificate Program?
The curriculum is rooted in the principles and practices described in Casey’s Transforming Juvenile Probation and Transforming Juvenile Justice Systems to Improve Public Safety and Youth Outcomes from the CJJR and Council of State Governments Justice Center.
“This is an opportunity for jurisdictions to fully shift the role of probation away from surveillance and compliance and toward promoting personal growth, positive behavior change and long-term success for youth,” says Steve Bishop, associate director of probation and system transformation in the Foundation’s Juvenile Justice Strategy Group.
The 2024 Transforming Juvenile Probation Certificate Program will run from June 10–14 in Washington, D.C. Practitioners, researchers and policymakers will present on an array of topics, such as:
- incorporating practices for fairness and equity;
- youth, family and community partnership and empowerment;
- diversion as an off-ramp from the formal justice system;
- decision making about the length and intensity of probation terms;
- roles of probation officers; and
- leading transformational change.
The program can accommodate up to five teams. Each team will develop and implement a capstone project to transform their jurisdiction’s work. All teams will receive technical assistance on a variety of fronts, including:
- developing and implementing new policies and practices;
- training staff and stakeholders to promote buy-in and collaboration; and
- assessing, evaluating and sustaining progress.
Upon approval of a team’s capstone project, its members will earn an executive certificate from Georgetown University and join CJJR’s network of more than 1,900 fellows. The university will also provide teams with extensive technical assistance to support planning and implementation at home.
Who Should Apply?
Each team may have up to 10 members and must include:
- A core probation team consisting of:
- a chief probation officer;
- a field probation supervisor/deputy; and
- a line staff member.
- a judge (the presiding juvenile or family court judge or their designee);
- a prosecutor (e.g., district attorney, county attorney);
- a youth or family representative who has personal experience with the youth justice system;
- a leader of a community-based organization committed to positive youth development and cross-system collaboration on behalf of young people with justice-system involvement; and
- a defense attorney (e.g., public defender or youth defender).
What Do Past Participants Say?
Rosie Medina, a chief probation officer who led a team from El Paso County, Texas, noted the “unequivocal value” of participating in the 2022 certificate program. Medina cited the technical assistance and training as critical to the “implementation of strategies that will be sustainable and will yield improved positive outcomes for youth involved in our system as we look into the future.”
Henry Gonzales, Medina’s counterpart in Harris County, Texas, appreciated the opportunity to learn from the experiences and insights of others in the field. “Active engagement in the program creates space for conversation that promotes curiosity about doing things differently,” he said.
How Do Teams Apply?
- Download the application packet to learn more about the curriculum, application process, selection criteria and cost of participating.
- Submit an application by Friday, Feb. 28, 2024.