2018 Youth Summit

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Youth Summit: A Photo Recap


Thank you to everyone who attended CJJ’s 2018 Youth Summit, “Empowering Youth: Resiliency Through Trauma”!


This year’s Summit took place Aug. 1-3 at the University of the District of Columbia’s David A. Clarke School of Law. It brought together more than 200 people for a  virtual and in-person event.


Welcome to the Fishbowl!, featuring professionals and youth from New York City’s juvenile justice system, allowed for both the panel and the audience to discuss experiences and circumstances that lead to system involvement, the importance of establishing and maintaining youth/adult partnerships, and new ideas for juvenile justice reform.


Members of CJJ’s ELC and their peers at Green Hill School share their lived experiences within the juvenile justice system, and their recent successes as youth advocates.


Christopher Jones, a member on CJJ’s Emerging Leaders Committee, shared his spoken word poetry about his experience within the juvenile justice system.  


Participants added thoughts, feelings, and reflections to the “graffiti wall” throughout the summit.



Aazia-Marie Ross and Da’Shawn Mosley presented an interactive workshop, Empowerment Through The Arts, about the intersection of art and resilience. The artwork above was created by Youth Summit participants.


Dr. Shakira Washington (left), Samantha Lopez (center), and Sara Kugler (right) of National Crittenton shared how toxic stress may change young people’s behaviors and how these behaviors are often misread as defiant. This session empowered the audience to imagine a system that supports the resiliency of young people to heal.

Members of CJJ’s Emerging Leaders Committee (right) and the EVAC Movement (left) share with the audience the impacts of gun violence from a youth perspective. Additionally, EVAC members shared how their movement began in their high school classroom.  


Adam Foss, founder of Prosecutor Impact, gave a powerful and emotional talk about never giving up the fight for juvenile justice reform and civil rights.


Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2018 Youth Summit. We look forward to making 2019’s event even better.