American youth face unique challenges in becoming successful students, employees, and parents in today’s society. Acquiring all of the skills necessary for successful adult living is challenging even for children fortunate enough to mature in supportive environments. Out of the approximately 24 million adolescents in the United States, a substantial portion will be involved in one or more governmental system of care at some point during their transition to adulthood. When a young person reaches the age of majority, the loss of services from these governmental entities to address their challenges can be devastating. For crossover youth, the particular system with which he or she is involved upon reaching the age of majority can determine which services are available leading up to and throughout young adulthood.
The purpose of this symposium and the accompanying paper were to outline potential strategies, programs and resources that will enable political and agency leaders, policymakers, and practitioners to act collaboratively across systems and to effectively address the issues that crossover youth present. CJJR hosted this symposium in partnership with the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative.
- Shay Bilchik, Director and Research Professor, Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, Georgetown University
- Gary J. Stangler, Executive Director, Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative
- William Purcell, Director, Harvard University Institute of Politics
- David Altschuler, Principal Research Scientist, Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies
- Kent Berkley, Senior Associate Director, Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative
- Leonard Burton, Chief Operating Officer, Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative
- The Honorable Patricia M. Martin, Presiding Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County, Child Protection Division
- Miller Anderson, Deputy Director, Division of Monitoring, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
- James J. Rieland, Director, Allegheny County Adult and Juvenile Probation
- Candace Putter, Director of PACTT Alliance
- Diane Zambito, Executive Director, Cby25 Initiative
- Onchanto Am, Training and Technical Assistance, Cby25 Initiative
- The Honorable Patricia Escher, Presiding Judge, Pima County Juvenile Court
- M. June Wilson, Assistant Program Manager, Arizona Young Adult Program
- Mark Courtney, Executive Director, Partners for our Children
- Sonja Nesbit, Deputy Staff Director, Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support, Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives
- Karen Pittman, Executive Director, Forum for Youth Investment
- Robert G. Schwartz, Executive Director, Juvenile Law Center
Materials from the Event:
- Agenda, Speaker Biographies, and Participant List
- PowerPoint Presentations
- Academic and Career/Technical Training for Delinquent Youth in Placement and on Aftercare (Pennsylvania)
- Empowering Youth in Transition: A Judicial Perspective (Cook County, Illinois)
- Cross System Project Hillsborough County, Florida, Cby25 Initiative, Inc.
- Transition Planning: Creating an Environment of Cross-System Collaboration (Arizona)
The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform and the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative acknowledge the support of the following organizations: The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Child, Adolescent and Family Branch at the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health.