NCJFCJ to Select 16 Jurisdictions to Participate in the Schools Pathways to the Juvenile Justice System Project

July 26, 2013

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) is seeking juvenile court jurisdictions to be a part of the School Pathways to the Juvenile Justice System Project. Sixteen juvenile court sites will be selected to serve as “models for system change.” As part of their involvement in the project, juvenile court sites will be expected to implement meaningful change, evaluate progress and share both challenges and successes with other courts across the nation.

The Atlantic Philanthropies, in conjunction with the Public Welfare Foundation and the Open Society Institute, awarded the NCJFCJ the School Pathways to the Juvenile Justice System Project in March of 2012. The NCJFCJ will provide training and technical assistance to help judicial leaders develop efforts to reduce referrals of youth to juvenile courts for school-based misbehaviors and to expand the use of positive disciplinary practices in schools. The NCJFCJ’s goal for this project is to support student engagement and reduce students’ school exclusion as outlined in the resolution passed by the NCJFCJ Board of Trustees in the spring of 2012. 

Click here for more information about the project. Applications will be completed in Survey Monkey and courts may link to the application here. Applications are due by September 15, 2013. For questions or more information about the project, please contact Cheri Ely, Program Director for Juvenile Justice, at or at 775-784-6854.

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