The Juvenile Justice Applied Leadership Network is for teams from jurisdictions seeking to advance the well-being of youth involved with or at risk of involvement with the juvenile justice system. ALN is seeking jurisdictions that are — or are interested in — promoting community-based approaches and programs that divert young people before they are ever referred to the legal system and prevent young people from encountering police in the first place. Prospective jurisdictions should be interested in changing the policies, practices and organizational culture of their juvenile justice system to significantly shrink the footprint of the system; reduce all forms of confinement; promote healing and rehabilitation for youth with the most serious offense histories; and strengthen their partnerships with community groups.
Class 5 is open to all jurisdictions, regardless of their connection to Casey’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative® (JDAI) or probation transformation site work.
A team should have between four and six members who represent the continuum of support from prevention to reentry after confinement for youth and young adults involved with or at risk of involvement with the justice system.
Prospective teams must include at least one member from the juvenile justice or probation agency and should consider including members from related public systems and community-based organizations, such as the following types of stakeholders:
- grassroots or community-based organizations serving young people or community interests;
- advocates for social justice and racial justice, including faith-based groups;
- youth-serving systems, such as education, child welfare, workforce development or employment; and
- young leaders active in their communities, especially in communities most affected by the legal system, or people with direct experience in the youth justice system.
In composing the team, consider two or more members who have previously worked well together to advance positive change. The team composition should reflect the following characteristics:
- Racial, ethnic and gender diversity
- Diversity of voices and points of view
- Reform-minded orientation
- Strong orientation to equity and well-being for young people and families who face the steepest barriers to success
- Practice and experience using data to inform decision-making
- Willingness to build partnerships between community (e.g., family, youth, community) and public systems
- Action-oriented, bold and able to use influence and leadership to make a measurable difference
Team members should have the authorization, time and commitment to fully participate in the program and have a role and the authority (formal or informal) to make changes and decisions in their system or community and move the work back home.
Up to five jurisdictions, for a maximum of 20 total participants, will be selected.