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November 2019 Roundup

November 25, 2019
Courtney McSwain

Special for NJJN:   

Kathy Wright, YJLI Alum and Executive Director of NJJN Member New Jersey Parents Caucus has developed this special resource toolkit for the NJJN community!  

The Transformative Process of Collaborating with Parents and Family Members: Engagement, Involvement & Partnership,” is a new advocacy brief that establishes a baseline for understanding how advocates and professionals can collaborate with parents and family members in their local community, states and nation. While most stakeholders working with parents and family members coin the ultimate relationship as “engagement,” the New Jersey Parents Caucus recognizes engagement as a process, and collaboration as an ultimate goal. The following tools are available to help you create collaboration with parents and families.  


  • Congrats to NJJN Member Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency (MCCD): After five years of advocacy, Michigan raised the age of juvenile jurisdiction from 17 to 18. Read this month’s NJJN State Policy Update to learn about MCCD’s role leading the coalition that got “Raise the Age” done in Michigan! 

Funding Opportunities 

  • The Public Welfare Foundation accepts Letters of Inquiry on a rolling basis for its Youth Justice Program, funding work that advances a fair and effective community-based vision of youth justice, with a focus on ending the criminalization and incarceration of youth of color. Read more about the foundation’s youth justice grant focus HERE  



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