The Applied Leadership Network is aligned around the following result: All youth in contact with the juvenile justice system are treated equitably and thrive in their homes, schools and communities.
Achieving this requires strong leaders with the competencies to achieve powerful, measurable and equitable results for the people who face the steepest barriers to success. This program develops those skills in teams determined to improve outcomes for youth who may encounter the juvenile justice system in their respective jurisdictions.
During the program, the teams will identify a specific and meaningful change within their juvenile justice system and community and devise, implement, refine and monitor a results action plan to achieve it. Teams that focus on building and sustaining a community-based continuum of prevention, diversion and positive support services for youth, particularly youth of color, are encouraged to apply.
The program is built on the Casey Foundation’s approach to leadership development called Results Count®. While balancing the demands of their current positions, team members participate in seminars, learning Results Count skills and tools while they are accelerating an actual piece of work and applying the results-driven approach they are learning in real time. The teams receive coaching from faculty and peers, which is particularly valuable to strengthening strategies by exposing blind spots and overcoming obstacles.
Applied Leadership Network Class 5 Goals
- Accelerate and achieve equitable, powerful and tangible results for youth in contact with the juvenile justice system.
- Engage cross-sector youth- and family-serving systems to reduce young people’s pathways into the juvenile justice system and increase their opportunities to thrive into adulthood in their communities.
- Strengthen partnerships between community and system leaders — including youth and families who have been affected directly by the juvenile justice system — on behalf of young people.
- Promote community-led and community-supported responses to predictable adolescent misbehavior outside of the court system.
- Develop the ranks of skilled and motivated leaders committed to helping young people realize their potential, even when they make mistakes and violate the law in serious ways.
- Educate and inform decision-makers and community leaders about youth development, community development and equitable opportunities relating to juvenile justice.
Results Count leadership is built on five core competencies that the Foundation believes all leaders — regardless of their role or position within organizations — need to contribute to measurably better outcomes. Discussions, exercises, teachings and practice around the following core competencies will be woven into both group work and individual activities:
- Be accountable for equitable results, establishing clear targets and using data to assess progress and change course as needed.
- Work for racial equity, recognizing that race, class and culture affect outcomes and opportunities for children, youth and young adults.
- Use oneself as an instrument of change to move a result, based on the belief that individual leaders are capable of leading from whatever position they hold.
- Master the skills of adaptive leadership, which makes leaders aware of the impact of values, habits, beliefs, attitudes and behaviors associated with taking action to improve results.
- Collaborate with others, understanding that the capacity to build consensus and make group decisions enables leaders to align their actions and move work forward to achieve results.
Between October 2023 and November 2024, teams from selected jurisdictions will participate in six two-and-one-half-day in-person seminars supplemented by coaching and practice calls between sessions. Program faculty will also conduct a site visit with each team to deepen the application of the Results Count framework by the team and their partners. A booster session will be held in early 2025. All team members are expected to attend all seminars. See Seminar Dates for the calendar.
Following an arc of learning based on the practice of “learn-review-apply-reflect,” the seminars are opportunities for team members to acquire, integrate and apply learning and prepare to share it with collaborative partners in their home jurisdictions. These sessions advance the teams’ results work, explore real-time leadership challenges and provide the opportunity for peer consultation and expert insight.
Network Staff and Faculty
Faculty members for this cohort include:
- Gail D. Mumford, Senior Associate, Juvenile Justice Strategy Group, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
- Barbara Squires, Director, Leadership Development, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
- Dante Green, Program Associate, Juvenile Justice Strategy Group, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
- Stephen Jenkins, Program Assistant, Leadership Development, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
- Valerie Thompson, Faculty
- James Czarniak, Faculty
- Guest Presenters (with expertise in results-driven leadership and/or juvenile justice)
Currently there are 53 ALN alumni across 21 states. When the members of Class 5 complete the program, they will join the alumni network. Through peer support and a collaborative learning model, ALN alumni continue to build their own leadership and model the use of a results-driven framework in their home organizations.