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The Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare: Multi-System Integration Certificate Program for Private Sector Leaders conducted by the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute is a weeklong program of intensive study designed for those who want to improve outcomes for crossover youth by improving their own organization's performance and services and by better partnering with public agencies (state, local or tribal
) on service delivery systems and support for reform.

The program utilizes a multi-systems and multi-disciplinary approach in focusing on programs and practices that relate to children and youth who are known across systems of care, particularly juvenile justice and child welfare; also known as “crossover youth.”

The purpose of the Certificate Program for Private Sector Leaders is to bring together current and future leaders in private organizations to increase their knowledge about multi-system reform efforts related to crossover youth, improve the operation of their organizations in serving this population, provide an opportunity for the development of collaborative leadership skills, and create a mutually supportive network of individuals across the country committed to systems reform.

The program is geared toward service providers that work with youth known to the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. However, advocates, academicians, foundation staff and others whose work is closely related to improving service delivery for this population and enhancing relationships between the private and public sectors will also benefit from attending this program.

This program is based off the successful Certificate Program for Public Sector Leaders. While much of the curriculum is the same as the Public Program, there are important differences that make this program more relevant to individuals working in, or with, private organizations, including a session covering private/public partnerships.

Like the Certificate Program for Public Sector Leaders, the Certificate Program for Private Sector Leaders requires participants to develop a Capstone Project. The Capstone Project is a set of actions each participant will design to initiate or continue multi-systems reform efforts during the twelve-month period following the completion of their Certificate Program session. After the Capstone Project is developed and approved by Georgetown University, participants receive an Executive Certificate from the university and are offered technical assistance from faculty to aid in the implementation of their project. Additionally, alumni of the Certificate Program become part of the CJJR Fellows Network.

Please see the links to the right for more information about the Certificate Program for Private Sector Leaders, including how to apply for the upcoming program.

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