Announcing the 2015 Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice Certificate Program

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The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at Georgetown University‘s McCourt School of Public Policy is pleased to announce that the application window for the 2015 Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice Certificate Program is now open through May 15, 2015. The Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice Certificate Program, which will be held August 3-7, 2015, is an intensive training designed to support local jurisdictions in their efforts to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in their juvenile justice systems. The program is operated jointly by the Georgetown Center for Juvenile Justice Reform and the Center for Children's Law and Policy.

The primary goal of the certificate program is to help jurisdictions reduce overrepresentation of youth of color in the juvenile justice system through a data driven and research based approach. Through the examination of the key decision points in the juvenile justice system, the program’s curriculum provides participants a better understanding of the disparate treatment of youth of color may be experiencing as compared to white youth within the juvenile justice system. While the program will primarily address disparities in the juvenile justice system, it will also include a focus on the relationship between disproportionality in the juvenile justice system and disparate treatment in other child serving systems, including child welfare and education. After completing the program, participants will be responsible for the development of a capstone project — a set of actions each participant will design and undertake within their organization or community to initiate or continue collaborative efforts related to reducing racial and ethnic disparities in juvenile justice.

We encourage you to apply to the Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice Certificate Program and consider passing along information about this opportunity to your colleagues and partners. For more information, please visit our website where you will find detailed information about the program, including how to apply, tuition, and available subsidies for those with financial need.  Again, applications are due by May 15, 2015. Please direct questions to jill.adams@georgetown.edu.

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