Breakthrough Series Collaborative Info Webinars on June 8th and July 12th!

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Youth of color are disproportionately represented at every stage of the youth justice system. Research also shows that youth of color are consistently treated more harshly than white youth even when charged with the same offenses. Racial bias and structural racism continue to plague the system. Jurisdictions have not fully invested in and partnered with communities to support youth and families. And youth and families of color continue to be viewed and treated in a deficit-based manner, as opposed to remarkable individuals with great abilities and strengths.

In order to promote an equitable, anti-racist, and effective justice system for all youth and families, the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, in partnership with the Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP), is leading a Breakthrough Series Collaborative (BSC), now open for applications.

A BSC is an iterative framework through which groups across the country test ideas and implement local changes in real time, share their results and collaborate on revisions, and then test those innovations for better system transformation. The unique nature of the BSC empowers teams to be at the forefront of a nationwide process to find effective solutions to systemic problems. Working together, stakeholders that include youth and family members, community, agency, and tribal leaders, and front line staff from up to eight jurisdictions will endeavor to transform their youth justice systems.

If you’d like to learn more about the program, check out the BSC section of our website. We are also going to be hosting informational webinars on June 8 and July 12. These webinars will cover an overview of the application process, the BSC methodology, and answer any questions teams might have about the program. They will also be an opportunity to connect with the Transforming Youth Justice Team.

You can register for the webinars below: