Short Film Highlights CJJR's Impact Over 10 Years


LEAD 2017 Ties Research to Policy and Practice to Improve the Lives of Youth
CJJR and the McCourt School of Public Policy hosted hundreds of researchers, advocates, and policy experts from across the country for the 2017 LEAD Conference focusing on bridging the divide between research, sound policy and evidence-based practice to improve the lives of youth.

The two-day event provided a forum for participants to exchange ideas related to the growing body of research impacting policy and practice within the juvenile justice and related systems of care – and to celebrate the efforts of those who are on the front lines developing and implementing solutions.

The LEAD (Leadership. Evidence. Analysis. Debate.) Conference is an annual event that...

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Film Highlights CJJR's Impact Over the Last Decade

Since 2007, CJJR has supported leaders across systems of care to advance a balanced, multi-system approach to improve outcomes for youth, families, staff, and communities.

​This short film takes a look at how CJJR’s three core programs assist these leaders to apply knowledge on “what works” into everyday policy and practice. 

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Wright Edelman Is Recipient of Inaugural Janet Reno Endowment Women’s Leadership Award

CJJR and the McCourt School of Public Policy conferred the first Janet Reno
Endowment Women’s Leadership Award upon Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, during a ceremony at the 2017 LEAD Conference.

The award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a commitment and ability to effect change in her community or organization to benefit youth, particularly those at-risk of entering the juvenile justice or child welfare systems.

“I hope the one thing we will do to carry on Janet’s work is to remember that we will never go backwards; we are going to move forward,” said Wright Edelman in a speech calling for increased investment in children’s futures.
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Webinar to Discuss Improving Outcomes for System-Involved LGBTQ Youth 

May 8th, 2017, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., EDT

CJJR, FosterClub, and Impact Justice are hosting a webinar on how to improve outcomes for lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning, gender nonconforming, and transgender youth in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. 

The webinar will highlight new research on how LGBTQ youth are overrepresented in the population that crosses from child welfare to juvenile justice, and discuss findings from an evaluation of FosterClub, a culturally responsive leadership program for youth in the child welfare system. The webinar will feature panelists who will offer recommendations for policy and practice, including a youth who will share important insights.

This webinar will be presented on Monday, May 8th in conjunction with the announcement of a new CJJR professional development opportunity, the Supporting the Well-Being of System-Involved LGBTQ Youth Certificate Program. ​

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Apply Now for J.M.K. Innovation Prize

Applications due by April 28, 2017

The J.M. Kaplan Fund, a New York-based family foundation, is accepting applications for the J.M.K. Innovation Prize through April 28, 2017. Up to ten prizes will be awarded to non-profits and mission-driven for-profits tackling our country’s most pressing needs through social innovation—specifically in the fields of environment, heritage conservation and social justice.

The prize provides up to three years of support at $50,000 per year as well as a $25,000 “bank” of funds available for technical assistance or targeted project expenses. The prize is designed for early stage ideas being piloted or prototyped by dynamic visionaries.

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