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How the Youth Justice Leadership Institute Works

Each year, NJJN invites a diverse class of advocates and organizers with proven leadership potential to continue their advocacy efforts for juvenile justice system reform as Youth Justice Leadership Institute (YJLI) Fellows.

During the year-long fellowship, fellows gain knowledge about juvenile justice system structures and reform needs, learn about effective advocacy and organizing techniques necessary to achieve system change, and are mentored by advocates who are already steadily advancing system reforms.

What Fellows Will Learn

Throughout the year, Fellows will engage with the Institute by participating in two in-person gatherings and a variety of distance learning activities. Upon completion of the program, Fellows will be invited to continue their participation in the National Juvenile Justice Network’s activities.

  • LEADERSHIP FUNDAMENTALS: Fellows identify and exercise their own leadership abilities.
  • JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM OVERVIEW: Fellows learn the fundamentals of juvenile justice system processes, juvenile justice reform issues, and current research on best practices for the treatment of youth in trouble with the law
  • ADVOCACY SKILLS DEVELOPMENT:  Fellows translate the knowledge and skills they attained through the Youth Justice Leadership Institute into on-the-ground action.     

Project Outcomes for Past Fellows 

Every fellow takes on an advocacy project in their fellowship year. Here are some examples of project outcomes for past fellows
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