The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform’s Certificate Programs are periods of intensive study designed for organization and system leaders working with youth known to, or at risk of entering, the juvenile justice system. They bring current and future leaders together to increase their knowledge, cultivate their leadership skills, improve the operations of their organizations, and create a mutually supportive network of individuals nationwide committed to systems improvement and reform.
The Certificate Programs use a multi-system and multi-disciplinary approach to focus on policies, programs and practices that improve outcomes for youth at risk, including a focus on “crossover youth” — youth known to both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.
Each Certificate Program is designed to address a specific issue impacting youth at risk including multi-system integration, racial disparities, youth in custody, diversion, and school-justice partnerships. Upon completion of a Program, each participant will apply the knowledge they gain via a Capstone Project — a reform agenda they implement in their organization/community to make a positive impact on the lives of youth.
Public and private sector leaders working in juvenile justice, child welfare, mental health, substance abuse, education and other related systems of care are encouraged to apply.