We are now accepting applications for our Juvenile Diversion Certificate Program, which will take place from December 15-18, 2015 at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center in Washington, DC.
Through four days of intensive study, the Juvenile Diversion Certificate Program will train leaders on how to reduce the use of formal processing and incarceration, improve public safety, avoid wasteful spending, limit the collateral consequences youth encounter from exposure to the juvenile justice system, reduce racial, and ethnic disparities and improve outcomes for youth and families.
Instruction is offered through an innovative curriculum based on the Juvenile Diversion Guidebook, published in 2011 and co-authored by CJJR as part of the Models for Change initiative. The program presents an excellent opportunity for individuals and teams of prosecutors, probation staff, law enforcement officials, policy-makers and other local leaders committed to strengthening their diversion efforts to obtain in-depth training, education, and guidance on juvenile diversion policies, practices and programs from national experts, while also networking and learning across jurisdictions. The Diversion Certificate Program is offered in partnership with the Juvenile Law Center and the National League of Cities.
“Our Nebraska team of diverse professionals was honored to participate in the 2014 Juvenile Diversion Certificate Program at Georgetown University … Additionally, each of us was able to benefit from the diversity of presenters in attendance. The atmosphere was warm, welcoming and perfectly conducive to a learning atmosphere for such an educational opportunity, and the caliber of professionals that was assembled by Georgetown was tremendous. The Georgetown program gave us a stronger background to better work toward our goal of providing useful diversion resources to counties throughout the State for diversion improvement and implementation during the upcoming years.”
“The team from Idaho selected to attend the Diversion Certificate Program began with a goal to develop a more consistent diversion process throughout the state. The Certificate Program solidified the team’s belief that collaboration with key stakeholders was paramount to the project. We learned key information from the well-organized sessions that provided us with a more developed plan. The ongoing support and technical assistance will help us attain our goal. The Certificate Program is important to our state because it provided evidence based practices that will systematically help us address issues throughout the continuum of care to divert young people from the justice system.”
CJJR tuition subsidies are available for participants with demonstrated financial need. There will also be subsidies available from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Center for Coordinated Assistance to States for teams who show a heightened readiness to utilize the curriculum to undertake changes in their local community.
To apply for a subsidy, please submit a Statement of Financial Need with your application to the program and indicate the amount of aid you are requesting.
Applications are due September 18, 2015