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The creation of the Juvenile Diversion Guidebook, published in 2011 as part of the Models for Change initiative, generated great interest nationwide in juvenile diversion. The Guidebook was created based upon the demand for training and in-depth learning opportunities to aid jurisdictions in implementing and/or improving their juvenile diversion programs or systems. In response, CJJR, a partner in the Models for Change initiative and co-authors of the Juvenile Diversion Guidebook, is joining with Juvenile Law Center, and National League of Cities to conduct a new certificate program on juvenile diversion practices and programming.

The Juvenile Diversion Certificate Program, modeled after CJJR's other successful certificate programs, will bring together individuals and teams of prosecutors, law enforcement officers, probation staff and other local leaders who are committed to strengthening their diversion efforts. It seeks to promote a juvenile justice system that:

  1. Is comprehensive and collaborative,
  2. Is balanced around public safety, offender accountability and competency development,
  3. Is trauma-informed,
  4. Uses the least-restrictive option that is necessary for the safety of the youth and the community,
  5. Is community-based,
  6. Is individualized and developmentally appropriate,
  7. Engages families and communities,
  8. Is outcome-driven.

By participating in this intensive and interactive program, attendees will be equipped to implement or improve juvenile diversion programming in their jurisdiction, and thereby reduce the use of formal processing and incarceration, avoid wasteful spending, reduce the collateral consequences youth encounter from exposure to the juvenile justice system, and improve outcomes for youth and families.  

Upon completion of the Juvenile Diversion Certificate Program, participants will apply what they have learned to develop a capstone project -- a set of actions to undertake within their organization or community to initiate or enrich collaborative efforts related to improving outcomes for youth.  After the capstone project is developed and approved by Georgetown University, participants will receive an Executive Certificate from the Georgetown University and will be offered technical assistance from instructors to aid in the implementation of their project.  Additionally, alumni of the certificate program will be enrolled in the CJJR Fellows Network.

Please see the links to the right for more information about the Diversion Certificate Program, including how to apply.



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