Last week, CJJR held its sixth annual Youth in Custody Certificate Program in partnership with the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators. The seven teams came from the following states and jurisdictions:
- District of Columbia
- Monroe County, New York
- St. Lawrence County, New York
The program began with a welcome luncheon at the University’s historic Riggs Library and a tour of the New Beginnings Youth Development Center, DC’s secure residential treatment facility for youth. The 43 participants then spent the remainder of the week being trained by national experts on best practices in serving youth in custody—exploring critical domains such as culture change and leadership, facility-based treatment and services, education, risk and needs assessments, family engagement, addressing racial and ethnic disparities, and reentry. The weeklong training will inform the development and implementation of participants’ local Capstone Project reform efforts to improve outcomes for youth in custody.
In addition to CJJR staff, the instructor team included staff from several organizations and agencies, including the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators, Center for Children’s Law and Policy, National Youth Screening & Assessment Partners, Missouri Department of Social Services, Utah Department of Human Services’ Division of Juvenile Justice, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, D.C. Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, Youth First Initiative and the Vera Institute of Justice.
Learn more about the Youth in Custody Certificate Program.