Upcoming Webinars and Trainings

Girls of Color and the Abuse to Prison Pipeline

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 3pm-4pm ET 

Events this year have led to an increased focus on the impact of the legal system on communities of color. However, not enough of this discourse addresses the unique experiences of girls of color. In this webinar, Cherice Hopkins and Rebecca Burney from Rights4Girls will examine (1) racial and ethnic disparities of girls in the system, (2) how social attitudes towards girls, especially girls of color, contribute to their being criminalized for their own abuse, and (3) effective strategies and promising practices to prevent girls of color from experiencing the abuse to prison pipeline.  

Presenters:

Cherice Hopkins, Attorney, Rights4Girls
Rebecca Burney, Attorney and Youth Advocate Coordinator, Rights4Girls

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

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Building Brighter Tomorrows: A Vision for Youth Justice in 2021 and Beyond

Thursday, January 21, 2021 3pm-4pm ET

As we move into a new year, a new Congress, and a new Administration, join us for a conversation about top priorities in youth advocacy for 2021 and beyond. Learn how advocates are hoping to reshape and improve service provision for young people in the justice system, child welfare system, and those experiencing homelessness. 

Presenters:

Naomi Smoot Evans, Executive Director, Coalition for Juvenile Justice
Melissa Goemann, Senior Policy Counsel, National Juvenile Justice Network
Amanda Clifford, Co-Director, A Way Home America
Jennifer Pokempner, Senior Attorney, Juvenile Law Center

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

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A Healing-Centered Vision for Youth, Families, and Communities

POSTPONED

Healing ourselves emotionally and mentally is not as easy as it sounds, and at times we neglect to acknowledge the importance of incorporating a healing approach in our everyday lives (school, work, home, etc.). The healing-centered vision, adopted by Healing Ninjas, allows us to come to terms with events and circumstances which have occurred in our lives, and to overcome the barriers of mental illness--one person, one family, and one community at a time.

Healing Ninjas is an online community platform highlighting the stories of individuals who are seeking to master the art of healing. Join the founder of Healing Ninjas and two Community Activists to learn more about the healing-centered vision and how, as individuals and professionals, we can influence those we work with to become a person who excels in a particular skill or activity--in other words, to become a NINJA.

Presenters:

Hernan Carvente-Martinez, Founder & CEO, Healing Ninjas
Iliana Pujols, Director of Community Connections, Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance
Abdul Ali, Communtiy Organizer, Maine Youth Justice

 

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

POSTPONED

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. 

Presenters: 
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