On behalf of our partner at the American Institutes for Research, CJJR is pleased to announce that the application window for the 2016 School-Justice Partnerships Certificate Program is now open through June 17, 2016. The program will be held September 26-30, 2016 and is designed to provide school and district staff, court professionals, juvenile justice, law enforcement, child welfare and other child serving leaders with the knowledge and understanding necessary to address the educational and related needs of children known to, or at risk of entering, the juvenile justice system.
The curriculum focuses on school-based and cross-system policies and practices to promote ongoing school engagement, ensure re-engagement for students who have been disconnected, prevent unnecessary entry into the juvenile justice system and help schools and other child serving agencies work together to create environments that foster better academic and social outcomes for youth. The importance of family and youth engagement, culture change and leadership are also central themes throughout the Certificate Program.
Upon completion of the program participants will apply what they have learned to develop a Capstone Project to initiate or enrich collaborative efforts to improve educational outcomes for youth, and will be inducted into the prestigious CJJR Fellows Network.
“It was an honor to participate in the inaugural School-Justice Partnership Certificate Program with the Douglas County, Nebraska team. We valued the opportunity to connect with and be inspired by leaders from a variety of jurisdictions. This program reinforced our responsibility to ensure each youth known to, or at risk of entering the juvenile justice system has access to a safe and supportive educational experience. The cadre of instructors challenged and empowered our team to develop and begin implementing innovative strategies to effectuate improved educational outcomes for youth in Douglas County. We are confident the cross-system project we have selected will make an irrefutable, lasting impact on our community.”
Douglas County, Nebraska Team | Class of 2015
“The CJJR programs are an invaluable experience. The instructors are the nation’s experts and pioneer leaders. The time spent in the classroom is unique and unparalleled; a chance to compare ideas with other leaders and brainstorm successes and shortcomings. Conversations with classmates are extremely fruitful. The curriculum is well thought out and broad yet also manages to be fine-tuned and focused. The CJJR programs bring great value to my day-to-day work. They provide a framework and launching pad for excellence. The concepts taught are transferable to my agency and partner agencies and provide a platform for positive change. I have attended three CJJR programs and remain impressed by the caliber of instructors, the depth of knowledge shared and the overall superior organization (from application to ongoing technical support). I would highly recommend this program to anyone seeking sound expert guidance to serve our children better.”
Leah Panuzzo, CWS Policy Analyst, County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency | Class of 2015
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 June 17, 2016.