Emerging Leaders Committee

CJJ’s Emerging Leaders Committee (ELC)

The Emerging Leaders Committee is a partnership between CJJ and young people in the field of juvenile justice, many of whom bring lived expertise to their work. This group consists of 10 young people ages 16 to 24 years old from across the country. ELC Members serve on their State Advisory Group, have previous or current juvenile justice involvement, and/or are interested in juvenile justice reform. Each member serves for one calendar year. CJJ supports the Emerging Leaders Committee to ensure that youth perspectives are represented in all aspects and functions of CJJ’s work, as well as CJJ’s communications with state and federal policymakers. Emerging Leaders Committee members help to shape the overall program and policy agenda for CJJ and perform several other important duties, including:

  • Organizing the Youth Summit, a virtual and in-person gathering that allows young people to come together to explore how they can collaborate and lead in juvenile justice reform;  
  • Coordinating, reviewing, and selecting the recipient of the annual CJJ Spirit of Youth Award;
  • Developing and implementing educational training programs for youth and adult SAG members;
  • Convening committee meetings and networking events for youth members at CJJ conferences; and
  • Orienting new youth members to the work of the SAGs and CJJ, through the publication of resources and ongoing information sharing.

Emerging Leaders Committee Members develop leadership and advocacy skills and learn about the juvenile justice system. Check out this blog post written by the 2018 Emerging Leaders Committee to learn more about the ELC! 

2021 ELC Members

Aaron Toleafoa (WA), Chair

Hannah Krawczyk (AL)

Myraina DeHaven (CO)

Jordyn Wilson (CT)

Edgar Calixto (WA)

Courtnry Maino (NJ)

Keeve Wilson (OR)

Nasheera Brown (PA)

Rodney Strickland (WA)

Ron Ackerson (WA)

Roxette Burgos (NY)

Highlights from the 2020 Youth Summit
Each year, CJJ's Youth Summit brings together young people from across the country who are interested in juvenile justice reform. The Summit aims to cultivate and empower the next generation of leaders by providing them with the tools they need to leverage their lived expertise. Participants learn the basics of juvenile justice and have the opportunity to delve into more detail about key topics in the field of juvenile justice. The 2020 Youth Summit, Executing Our Power Into Action, was hosted virtually by the ELC and explored issues such as Youth Voice & Advocacy, Child Welfare & Youth Justice, Sentencing Reform, and Mentoring & Re-Entry. Check out the recordings here.