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April 2022 Roundup

April 28, 2022
Courtney M. McSwain

NJJN Campaigns:

#RaisetheFloor #UncuffKids
A campaign to raise the minimum age of juvenile court jurisdiction across the states. NJJN endorses a minimum age of court jurisdiction of 14, in alignment with the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child. See our latest policy platform, toolkit and resources page.  

#ShutDownSequel #StopSequel 

A campaign to shut down the for-profit youth facility management company, Sequel Youth and Family Services. NJJN Members and partners with information or interested in investigating Sequel in your state, please email info@njjn.org 

Narrative Watch: We’re monitoring these narratives and storylines with our members who are taking action in their states.

Criminalizing Kids & Youth Justice Advances Rollbacks:


  • Courses: The Rutgers Juvenile Justice and Youth Development program is offering an online course: Youth Justice Reform: Individual and Systemic Problems and Solutions. This six-hour online course will introduce the history of Defenders, Prosecutors, Judges, Probation Officers, and Service Providers in youth delinquency court. Participants will learn the history of these roles, ethical obligations, limitations, responsibilities, and how these stakeholders work in relationship to each other. The course is eligible for 7 NJ Continuing Legal Credits and 6 Social Work CE Credits. Learn more. 

Jobs/Fellowship/Funding Opportunities:

  • Funding: The Foundation for Child Development is currently accepting proposals for its 2023 Young Scholars Program (YSP). YSP supports scholarship for early-career researchers. The program funds implementation research that is policy- and practice-relevant, and that examines the preparation, competency, compensation, well-being, and ongoing professional learning of the early care and education (ECE) workforce. Research awards are up to $225,000 for primary research and up to $180,000 for secondary data analysis. Learn More.  

  • Funding: The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs has several open funding opportunities available. The Office of Justice Programs provides federal leadership, grants, training, technical assistance and other resources to improve the nation’s capacity to prevent and reduce crime, advance racial equity in the administration of justice, assist victims and enhance the rule of law. See list of open grants. 

  • Funding: National Safe Place Network (NSPN) is pleased to share the release of the 2022 Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Street Outreach Program (SOP) funding opportunity announcement (FOA). All applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. EDT on June 6, 2022. This funding opportunity is for a 36-month project period with three 12-month budget cycles. The SOP provides street-based services to runaway, homeless, and street youth who have been subjected to or are at risk of being subjected to sexual abuse, prostitution, sexual exploitation, and severe forms of human trafficking in persons. These services, targeted in areas where street youth congregate, are designed to assist such youth in making healthy choices and providing them access to shelter as well as basic needs, including food, hygiene packages and information on a range of available services. Learn more. 

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