Upcoming Webinars and Trainings

Understanding the JJDPA Webinar Series 

Lawmakers have reauthorized the Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Act for the first time in 16 years, providing key updates to strengthen the Act's core protections for justice-involved youth. This series takes an in-depth look at the changes H.R. 6964 made to the Act. The series will explore changes to data collection requirements, State Advisory Group composition, and the core protections. See below for upcoming webinars. 

Understanding the JJDPA: Enhancing System Partnerships for Successful Educational Reentry 

October 23 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern

Large numbers of youth are pushed out of schools and into the justice system fueling inequalities based on race, gender, perceived sexual orientation, and disability. Additionally, system-involved youth do not have the same access to quality education as their non-incarcerated peers.

The 2018 reauthorization of the JJDPA includes important new protections for youth in the juvenile justice system to support their reentry to school, including timely transfers of education records, partial or full credit for coursework completed while in custody, and ensuring those credits count towards high school graduation.

This webinar will discuss the new JJDPA’s educational requirements, information on the school-to-prison-pipeline, and examples of states that have successful and evidence-based educational reentry programs. 

Presenters: 
Reynelle Brown Staley, Policy Director, Education Law Center
Nadia Mozaffar, Staff Attorney, Juvenile Law Center 

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

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Ensuring Equity: LGBQ/GNCT Youth and the Juvenile Justice System 

November 13 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning, gender nonconforming and transgender (LGBQ/GNCT) youth are overrepresented in the juvenile justice system. Nationwide, 7-9% of youth identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual, however, 20% of youth incarcerated identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual. Additionally, about 40% of girls incarcerated identify as such. LGBQ/GNCT youth have less protective and more risk factors than their heterosexual and cisgender peers.  

Ceres Policy Research is currently leading a national initiative that trains youth justice jurisdictions on how to incorporate questions about sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression into their case management systems.  They have trained multiple sites in Ohio, New York, and Connecticut. 

This webinar will share new data about the LGBQ/GNCT youth involved in these juvenile justice systems, identifying the specific locations in the system where they are the most overrepresented. Attendees will learn about the intersection of juvenile justice and youth who identify as LGBQ/GNCT, successful state and local programs that address this population, and how provisions in the JJDPA should be applied in an equitable way for all youth.

Presenters: 
Dr. Angela Irvine, Principal, Ceres Policy Research
Aisha Canfield, Director, Ceres Policy Research

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

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Rules of Engagement: Sustaining Youth Collaboration in Programs and State Advisory Groups

December 12 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern

Youth collaboration has been a central tenet of juvenile justice work for more than 40 years. The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) has long required that one-fifth of each State Advisory Group (SAG)’s members be young people.  

Youth voice, especially that of individuals with lived expertise in the justice system and related systems, is critical to meaningful system improvement. The development of policies happens best when agencies involve those who are directly impacted.  

This webinar will discuss the challenges of youth collaboration and offer solutions to those challenges, and help participants ensure young people play a vital role in shaping their advocacy initiatives, policy recommendations, and organizational goals.

Presenters: 
Aaron Toleafoa, Emerging Leaders Committee Chair, Coalition for Juvenile Justice 
Laura Armstrong, Policy and Field Relations Associate, Coalition for Juvenile Justice

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

To register, click here