Posted: Tue, 03/21/2023 - 11:30 am EDT
Join CCAS’s partner the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform for a Rural Chat to learn more about the Common Problems, Common Solutions: Looking Across Sectors at Strategies for Supporting Rural Youth and Families Tool-Kit and hear how Maine is bringing services to youth in their rural areas. The call will occurred on March 28th, 2023 from 1:00-2:30pm ET.
ABOUT THE TOOL-KIT: The tool-kit highlights barriers that rural communities face in preventing juvenile justice involvement for youth as well as strategies for achieving the best outcomes for youth and families who do become justice-involved. To inform the development of the tool-kit, CJJR spoke with leaders from rural jurisdictions across the country, as well as state Juvenile Justice Specialists, State Advisory Group members, members of the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice, and other juvenile justice stakeholders. In particular, the tool-kit shares ideas for serving youth in the context of their communities, including:
- accessing services (e.g., overcoming transportation, distance, and technology barriers);
- meeting needs for specialized services and overcoming provider shortages;
- providing positive activities and preparation for employment; and
- overcoming resource limitations.
The tool-kit also discusses how racial and ethnic disparities can impact youth in rural areas, and shares specific examples of innovative efforts aimed at better serving youth and families, including strategies from other sectors that can be adapted for use by juvenile justice systems and by community-based organizations working to prevent youth from becoming involved with the justice system.
Over the next year, CJJR will continue to gather and share examples of innovative and effective practices in rural communities in order to support the youth-serving field. Practitioners and partners interested in sharing their work or receiving support on these issues are encouraged to email CJJR consultant Lisa Pilnik at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or CJJR at email@example.com.