CJJA Board President: Lisa Bjergaard, North Dakota

Newsletter, September 2020

Now more than ever the field of juvenile justice needs trained, competent leaders. For over 25 years, second-to-none leadership development has been a CJJA hallmark.  Despite the size, scope and intensity of the various challenges we have faced thus far this year, 2020 will be no exception to that expectation.

I am excited to provide you with highlights from the virtual event calendar that has been prepared for the rest of the summer and fall.  We kicked off our first ever virtual Summer Business Meeting, August 7th, 10th and 11th.  We had a great agenda planned, with our summer membership meeting plus the usual reports, information, and inspirational topics. Anders Jacobson (CO) and the West Region developed the Best Practice session around the topic of human trafficking which was excellent.

On August 21st, our 3rd cohort of Facility Directors and Superintendents training convened. Juvenile justice leaders, researchers, and subject matter experts presented key research, policy and practice examples, tools, and strategies designed to support facility directors and superintendents in the improvement of short and long-term outcomes for youth in residential and correctional placements.

Plans are also underway for our 2020 Leadership Institute.  As the plans for virtual delivery develop, it is clear that the meetings will be interactive and the impact will be on par with our traditional “in person” convenings.  We appreciate all of the partners, private and public, who continue to provide their unwavering support for the mission of CJJA, even during this most unusual year.  Thanks, again, to all of our sponsors for the Summer Business Meeting.

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