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The Crisis of Our Black Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

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  • On-Demand Interview-Style
  • Recorded on Friday, April 10, 2020
  • 1 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $20 for non-YIPA members
  • Not a member? Annual membership is $99 for individuals or $250 for organizations. Join now or learn more.

Your Training Description

Studies have long shown significant disproportionality in the representation of black youth in the juvenile justice system, and specifically in secure confinement. This negatively impacts their engagement with school, employment, and their mental and chemical health. Data tells us this is a crisis.

As a youth worker, understanding how systems impact the youth you serve will improve your outcomes with them. Learning what can affect the behaviors and attitudes of young black youth gives you invaluable insight into motivations and barriers.

This Interview-Style training will provide you statistics about young black youth and juvenile justice. You’ll also gain insight into how slavery continues to have an impact today, and learn about alternatives to detention through community support.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Understand the current state of affairs relating to black youth and the juvenile justice system
  • Learn how systemic racism over time is impacting our young black youth today
  • Know some of the alternatives to secure confinement
  • Appreciate how community support can strengthen black youth and communities

Your Trainer

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Carmeann Foster is a lawyer, licensed independent social worker, and 2016 Bush Leadership Fellow with a commitment to juvenile justice system reform. After serving as the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI) Coordinator in Dakota County, MN for several years, Carmeann branched out and founded Rebound, Inc. as a vehicle to create the solutions needed to combat the overrepresentation of Black youth in the juvenile justice system. Through this organization, Carmeann has established two group residential facilities in the underserved community of Minneapolis, MN. Her programs specialize in serving youth who are transitioning out of the juvenile justice system, or who are at risk for juvenile justice system involvement due to mental & behavioral health concerns, or child protective services involvement. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Public Administration with an emphasis in system reform and racial equity.

Your Competency Focus Area

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Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around a broad framework of eight youth work competencies. The competency focus of this training is: AT-RISK BEHAVIORS.

Develop life-saving skills to identify the warning signs of unhealthy and risky behavior, understand risky behaviors based on a knowledge of adolescent brain development, and know when to report and refer.

Your Training Details

  • On-Demand Interview-Style
  • Recorded on Friday, April 10, 2020
  • 1 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $20 for non-YIPA members
  • Not a member? Annual membership is $99 for individuals or $250 for organizations. Join now or learn more.
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