"Positive Youth Development" is a process all young people go through as they move from less mature ways of thinking, feeling and acting as they transition to adulthood. This process often happens unevenly and with great difficulty for youth such as those involved in the juvenile justice system. Young people in the juvenile justice system are negatively viewed as needing "rehabilitation" and a metaphor arises of "fixing" something that has broken down. When an object breaks down you can get a new one. With an adolescent you need to keep working with them through supports, opportunities and contributions.
This distinguished panel will consider this metaphor in the context of the crucial role positive youth development can contribute in juvenile justice policy and practice. Each panelist will offer their perspectives on the impact youth development can contribute to the individual needs of juvenile justice engaged youth as well the overall system reforms. We anticipate a spirited exchange of ideas with the panelists and with the audience, as this effort to shape positive youth development in the juvenile justice system continues to emerge as a critical component of success.
- Examples of positive youth development in juvenile justice
- Ways funders can support a positive youth development approach in juvenile justice policy and practice
A Philanthropy New York Philanthropy Connects program.
- Felipe Franco, Acting Deputy Commissioner, Division of Juvenile Justice and Opportunities for Youth- OCFS.
- Sandra Escamilla, Executive Director, Youth Development Institute.
- Dr. Jeffrey Butts, Director, research and Evaluation Center, John Jay College of criminal Justice-CUNY.
- Howard Knoll (moderator), Senior Director, Casey Family Programs.
All interested funders.