2020 Virtual Youth Summit

Executing Our Power Into Action

3:30 – 5:00 PM Eastern
August 19, August 26, September 2, September 9

Each year, CJJ’s Youth Summit brings together young people from across the country who are interested in juvenile justice reform. The Summit aims to cultivate and empower the next generation of leaders by providing them with the tools they need to leverage their lived expertise. Participants will learn the basics of juvenile justice and have the opportunity to delve into more detail about key topics in the field of juvenile justice. The Summit’s theme, agenda, and content are created by the CJJ Emerging Leaders Committee

The 2020 Virtual Youth Summit will be a four-part weekly webinar series beginning Wednesday, August 19th. Register here

Session 1: Youth Voice & Advocacy
August 19, 3:30 – 5:00 pm EST

Session 2: Child Welfare & Youth Justice
August 26, 3:30 – 5:00 pm EST

Session 3: Sentencing Reform
September 2, 3:30 – 5:00 pm EST

Session 4: Mentoring & Reentry
September 9, 3:30 – 5:00 pm EST

The event is free and open to anyone under the age of 28 years old. 

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The Intersectionality of Communication Disorders and Justice-Involved Youth
Thursday, August 20 @ 3:30 PM Eastern

This presentation will discuss the intersectionality of Cognitive and Communication Disorders and youth’s involvement with the justice system, from school to confinement. The presentation will detail how communication and cognitive disorders can impact all critical points in the youth’s life and result in unfavorable outcomes.  

The presentation will also discuss how communication disorders are sometimes confused, overlooked, and disregarded as “negative” behavior in justice-involved youth (from the initial hearing through post-disposition). Dr. Stanford will also explore the limitations and risks that communication and cognitive disorders can manifest and briefly discuss strategies for juvenile justice professionals who are in contact with this population of youth.  

Presenter:  Shameka Stanford, Ph.D., CCC-SLP/L, Associate Professor – Communication Sciences & Disorders, Juvenile Forensics Speech-Language Pathologist, CSD Social Justice Specialist   

This webinar is free for CJJ members. To become a member, click here.   

To register for the webinar, click here  
Authentic Youth-Adult Partnership in Juvenile Justice
Thursday, September 17 at 3:00 PM Eastern 

Many State Advisory Groups (SAG), along with juvenile justice agencies and other collaborative bodies, continue to strive toward unmet goals for building an authentic, sustainable youth-adult partnership. This webinar is for you.   During this webinar, Laura Furr will share principles, models, and concrete best practices of youth-adult partnership for the juvenile justice field, as well as opportunities for further learning. Through her business, Laura supports adult-led organizations or collaborative bodies that make decisions affecting young people to plan and implement youth-adult partnership in their decision-making.  

Presenter:  Laura Furr, Owner, Laura Furr Consulting   

This webinar is free for CJJ members. To become a member, click here.   

To register for the webinar, click here  

2020 Annual Conference

Dreaming Big Together: Youth Justice Reimagined
November 18-20, 2020

Each year, the Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) hosts a national conference uniquely focused on improving juvenile justice and delinquency prevention systems, services, practices, and policies. More than 400 juvenile justice practitioners and advocates from across the U.S. and its territories will join together for this unique virtual event. To register, click here.  

This year’s theme is “Dreaming Big Together: Youth Justice Reimagined.” The conference will focus on the latest research, developments, and challenges facing our field today. Specifically, the conference will focus on:
  ·     How can states and communities serve as leaders in shaping a better juvenile justice system for our most vulnerable youth?
·     How can we improve collaborations with young people with lived experiences in the systems we work with?
·     What can be done to build on successes and continue to improve systems so that they best serve young people, including those touching multiple systems?
·     What role do advocacy and public health play as communities seek to improve services and provide for trauma-informed care that addresses and heals multi-generational trauma?  

To view a draft agenda, click here.  

To register for the 2020 Annual Conference, click here.  
Regular Registration   July 8 – Nov. 16  $200 / Members $250 / Non-Members $95 / StudentsLate Registration   Nov. 17-20   $225 / Members $275 / Non-Members $100 / Students