Upcoming Webinars and Trainings

Police Free Schools: Investing in Our Youth

Wednesday, July 22 at 3:00 PM Eastern 

Research shows that for many students, especially Black and Brown youth, the presence of police in their schools has proven to be harmful and dramatically disrupts learning environments. Nationwide, 14 million students are in schools with police officers but no counselor, nurse, psychologist, or social worker. Additionally, students of color are disproportionately arrested in school compared to white students, fueling the school-to-prison-pipeline. 

Learn from the Education Justice Alliance, located in Raleigh, North Carolina and a member of the Dignity in Schools Campaign, about ways to safely remove police officers from schools and reinvest in youth by funding support staff, such as school psychologists, mental health therapists, school counselors, and nurses. This webinar will provide the historical context of school resource officers and the specific impact on the criminalization of Black and Brown youth, illustrate how to safely have police free schools, and provide local examples of communities that have invested in alternatives to policing at school.

Letha Muhammad, Director, Education Justice Alliance 
Fernando Martinez, Director of Organizing, Education Justice Alliance 

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

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The Intersectionality of Communication Disorders and Justice-Involved Youth

Thursday, August 20 at 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.

Shameka Stanford, Ph.D., CCC-SLP/L, Assistant 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

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Engaging Policymakers: How Youth Advocates are Leading State Juvenile Justice Reform


Engaging policymakers, advocating for legislative changes, and reforming systems can be difficult, especially when there are significant barriers including incarceration. While at Green Hill School, a state-run detention facility in Washington, a group of young men have played an integral role in state juvenile justice reform. Since March 2018, this group of young men has helped pass bills that extend juvenile court jurisdiction to age 25, remove the auto-decline requirement, phase out the placement of youth charged with status offenses in detention facilities, and increase the use of community-based alternatives and enrichment opportunities in place of confinement. 

This legislative season they are focusing on a bill that will provide the opportunity for youth who were automatically sentenced as an adult to be resentenced as a youth in the juvenile justice system. The young men believe this bill will be effective in tackling the internal issues of the justice system by letting youth who are charged as an adult to be treated as a youth and not as adults. 

During this webinar, the young advocates from Green Hill School will present their impressive story of engagement with policymakers in Washington State and how they were able to effect change. Attendees will learn about the importance of advocacy within the juvenile justice system and how State Advisory Groups and adult partners can support youth advocates, especially those currently involved in the system. 

Aaron Toleafoa, Emerging Leaders Committee (ELC) Chair, Coalition for Juvenile Justice; Member, Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice
Guillermo Padilla, ELC Member
Joseph Huntley, ELC Member
Edgar Calixto, ELC Member
Garrett Comer, ELC Member