CJJR recently held its final two Certificate Programs of 2018. This wrapped up a very productive year, with a total of 248 child-serving leaders across 19 states now in the process of developing and implementing local Capstone Project reform efforts in their local jurisdictions.
In October, CJJR hosted the Supporting the Well-Being of LGBTQ Youth Certificate Program in partnership with the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and Ceres Policy Research. The program began with a welcome luncheon at the University’s historic Riggs Library and a Rainbow History Project walking tour of Dupont Circle. Participants then had four days of training on applying an intersectional lens, developing a continuum of community-based services, family support strategies and interventions, gender identity and expression, homelessness, and holistic approaches to serving LGBTQ youth across various systems including juvenile justice, child welfare, immigration and education. The Certificate Program will inform the development and implementation of seven team and four individual Capstone Projects to improve outcomes for system-involved LGBTQ Youth.
In November, CJJR held the sixth annual Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice Certificate Program in partnership with the Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP). State and local teams from eight jurisdictions came together for a welcome luncheon and guided tour of the Frederick Douglass House and National Historic Site, ending the day at the Martin Luther King Junior Memorial. The 60 participants then spent the remainder of the week hearing from national experts on best practices in reducing racial and ethnic disparities at each decision point of the juvenile justice system, including arrest, referral and diversion; detention; disposition; and post-disposition. The program concluded with a panel of RED Fellows who shared information on their own Capstone Projects and outcomes.