We are now accepting applications for the 2016 Juvenile Diversion Certificate Program. Join law enforcement officers, probation staff, prosecutors, school officials, judges, policy-makers, and other local leaders from around the country on the Georgetown campus from August 2-5, 2016.
During targeted modules, national experts will explore current research and best practices around diversion policies and programming. Participants will gain a better understanding of the essential components of successful diversion programs and learn the best ways to measure the impact of their diversion efforts. The importance of family engagement, reducing racial and ethnic disparities, collaborative leadership and effective communication strategies in the creation and implementation of diversion programs are also themes highlighted throughout the week and covered in stand alone sessions.
Upon completion of the 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 and become part of the prestigious CJJR Fellows Network.
“The Santa Monica Police Department team attended the Georgetown Diversion Certificate Program with a goal to develop a sustainable and effective diversion program. The Certificate Program reinforced the team’s conviction that diversion was a necessary structure to help youth stay out of the formal criminal justice system. We learned vital information from the professional sessions that helped us create the first steps for our program. One of the key takeaways was the need for an assessment to determine the treatment. We are eager to begin the first steps and develop a robust diversion program with the staff assistance. We are grateful to Shay and his staff for their commitment, dedication, and passion to this work!”
Santa Monica, California Team | Class of 2015
- Ana Jara, Youth and Family Services Support Coordinator, Santa Monica Police Department
- Roy Brown, Police Detective, Santa Monica Police Department
- Wendell Shirley, Police Captain, Santa Monica Police Department
“CJJR’s Diversion Certificate Program was of great value to our CT team: affording opportunity to hear how other communities and jurisdictions are planning and implementing a variety of diversion efforts that may also inform our project, experiencing a variety of excellent presenters with diverse expertise especially on screening and assessment for diversion, and finally for the support and assistance provided before and during the program. We are confident that we are moving forward with a viable capstone project while fostering collaboration among our state agencies and stakeholders in this youth justice reform effort.”
Connecticut Team | Class of 2015
- Kitty Tyrol, Curriculum Developer/Instructor, Tow Youth Justice Institute, University of New Haven
- Sara Jeffries, Doctoral Student, Tow Youth Justice Institute, University of New Haven
- Erica Bromley, Juvenile Justice Liaison, Connecticut Youth Services Association
- Yecenia Casiano, Project Coordinator, Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut, Inc.
- Daisy Ortiz, Program Manager, Court Support Services Division, State of Connecticut Judicial Branch
- Steven Smith, Program Manager, Connecticut Department of Children and Families
Limited tuition subsidies are available through CJJR, with additional subsidies available through the Center for Coordinated Assistance to States (CCAS) for jurisdictions that show a heightened readiness to utilize the curriculum to develop and implement effective diversion programs.
Applications are due by April 29, 2016.