The Crisis of Our Black Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

  • On-Demand Interview-Style
  • Recorded on Friday, April 10, 2020
  • 1 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
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Learners' Own Words

"This was an awesome and easy to follow along training!"

"It was very informative and not complex to understand."

"Dr. Foster has an amazing wealth of knowledge and it was a privilege to learn from her."

Your Training Description

Studies show significant disproportionality in the representation of black youth in the juvenile justice system. 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. This Interview-Style training includes 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

Image of Carmeann Foster

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


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.

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