CJJA Board President: Steve Lafreniere, Alabama

Newsletter, December 2020

Despite what may arguably be the most administratively challenging year we have all faced due to Covid-19, CJJA has continued to be a resource of collective experience and leadership during this pandemic.  Mike Dempsey and the CJJA staff have done a tremendous job of adapting in-person trainings into a virtual format while maintaining the high-quality professional development we have come to expect from CJJA.

The first Deputy Director Training wrapped up in November.  The training included both pre-recorded presentations and live virtual meetings with participants.  There were some great discussions during the live sessions.  The virtual Leadership Institute was held on October 5th and 6th.  We look forward the 4th cohort of Facility Superintendents Training beginning in January 2021! 

With the effort to train the leaders within our organizations, I wanted to share the CJJA’s efforts to revamp the Affiliate Program.  The Affiliate Program is a way in which any juvenile justice individual, including those who have participated in previously mentioned trainings, can engage with CJJA for continued professional development and resources.  I encourage you to promote this opportunity amongst your staff and encourage them to join.  You can visit the CJJA website for more information: http://cjja.net/membership/.

Finally, mark your calendar to join CJJA at our Winter Business meeting February 5th-7th 2021 in Orlando, if possible.  The CJJA Board of Directors and staff are planning a hybrid meeting that will support in-person and virtual attendance.  We are planning another engaging agenda including a Best Practice presentation from the South Region.  Watch your inbox for more information on the Winter Business meeting.  We appreciate all our partners and associates who help support the many activities that provide juvenile justice professional development and leadership which is our mission at CJJA.