Training: Understanding the Illinois Juvenile Justice System – the basics…

by Richard Ross

From January to May 2011, Project NIA organized and co-sponsored a 30-hour juvenile justice advocacy training program with the Jane Addams Hull House Museum.  This series of five day-long workshops addressed the different aspects of the juvenile justice system and provided information/resources to participants.  It was a successful program and we have received requests to offer this workshop series again.  Unfortunately due to a lack of capacity, we are unable to revive the entire program.  However, Project NIA has decided to offer a day-long workshop in 2012 titled: “Understanding the Illinois Juvenile Justice System: the Basics.” This introductory workshop will provide basic information about the points of contact for youth with the juvenile justice system as well as information about rights that young people have in the system.

The workshop is appropriate for community members, parents, educators, young people, and organizers who have minimal knowledge about the juvenile justice system.  At the end of the workshop, participants will:

  1. Know the points of contact for youth in the juvenile justice system.
  2. Better understand some of the issues that young people in conflict with the law experience.
  3. Learn about the rights that youth have in the system.
  4. Be able to identify some of the existing resources that can support young people in conflict with the law in Chicago.

The workshops are youth-friendly and will be offered on February 25th, April 28th and June 9th.  They run from 9 to 5:00 p.m. Each workshop stands alone so you only need to register for one session. Workshops are offered at no cost to participants however lunch is on your own.  PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.   Sign up HERE to register for this workshop.

February 25, 2012– Understanding the Illinois Juvenile Justice System: the Basics – 9 to 5 p.m. – Location: Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Ave, Room 244.  Co-sponsored by the Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation.

April 28, 2012 – Understanding the Illinois Juvenile Justice System: the Basics – 9 to 5 p.m. – Location: TBD

June 9, 2012 — Understanding the Illinois Juvenile Justice System: the Basics – 9 to 5 p.m. – Location: Jane Addams Hull House Museum, Dining Hall, 800 S. Halsted Street. Co-sponsored by the Jane Addams Hull House Museum

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