CJJR Holds 5th Annual Youth in Custody Certificate Program
Last week, CJJR held its 5th annual Youth in Custody Certificate Program in partnership with the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators. The 7 teams came from states and jurisdictions including: 

  • Arizona
  • Kentucky
  • Duluth, Minnesota
  • Hennepin County, Minnesota
  • Oregon
  • Bexar County, Texas
  • Utah​
The program began with a tour of New Beginnings Youth Development Center, DC's secure residential treatment facility, and an opening dinner on the historic Georgetown campus. The 42 participants then attended an interactive 3.5 day training which will inform the development and implementation of their local Capstone Project reform efforts to improve outcomes for youth in custody. 

The instructor team included staff from the American Institutes for Research, the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators, the Missouri Department of Social Services, the National Youth Screening & Assessment Partners and Vera Institute of Justice. 

Learn more about the Youth in Custody Certificate Program.  


Juvenile Justice Staff, Partners Need Support, Resources to Best Serve LGBTQ Youth

By: Shannan Wilber and Shay Bilchik | Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

If someone had just asked, things might have been different,” said Mateo, a closeted, gay, gang-involved teenager in juvenile detention for committing a hate crime against a gay person. Mateo (pseudonym used to protect confidentiality) had committed a robbery at gunpoint outside a gay bar while shouting homophobic slurs at his victim.

The offense was the culmination of a pattern of escalating substance abuse and anger. Mateo had been self-medicating and acting out since coming out to his parents at age 11, an experience that left him feeling rejected and alone.



CJJR Hosts Local Certificate Program for Crossover Youth Practice Model Champions

In June, CJJR hosted the first Crossover Youth Practice Model (CYPM) Champions Certificate Program in New York City. The program brought together 57 cross-system leaders from New York City for a week-long training at the CUNY Graduate Center in midtown Manhattan.

Participants experienced in-depth modules on building a multi-system approach, trauma-informed practice, education, family and youth engagement, and protocols and case practice specific to New York City's implementation of the CYPM. The program also featured panels of current and former systems-involved youth, agency leaders, and practitioners who discussed their specific experience with the CYPM through an interactive conversation.

Each of these leaders will become a Fellow of CJJR, and will use the knowledge and skills gained through the training to serve as a champion for the CYPM work and continue to improve outcomes for crossover youth in New York City.