Re-Imagining Juvenile Justice: A Positive Youth Development Mindset, A Cross-Systems Approach

Certificate Pilot Program beginning June 2016

After many months of feedback and input from the field, we have put together what we believe will be a game-changer in the juvenile justice field: Re-imaging Juvenile Justice Certificate Training Pilot Program.

SMI launched an innovative professional development model that was designed to address the critical gaps between the job the juvenile justice workforce is asked to do and the skills and knowledge they need in order to do it successfully. Our focus was on developing an approach that utilizes a positive youth development mind-set, while working cross-agency/ cross system. This interactive session allowed participants to roll up their sleeves and identify the competencies and experiences necessary for Juvenile Justice professionals to support youth who typically have needs no one organization can address alone.

 Juvenile Justice Workforce Partners include:

  • Judge Amy Nechtam, Chief Justice, Massachusetts Juvenile Court
  • Jackie Jenkins Scott, President, Wheelock College
  • Ed Dolan, Commissioner, Massachusetts Probation Services
  • Peter Forbes, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Youth Services
  • Edward P. Kelley, President, Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps
  • Josh Dohan, Executive Director, Youth Advocacy Division

March 13, 2015 Forum Flyer

January 6, 2015 Leadership Breakfast Flyer

 Visit our Juvenile Justice Forum Google site for more information.

In a Nutshell

Founded in 1985 at Brandeis University’s Heller School of Social Policy and Management, School & Main Institute (SMI) has grown into a nationally recognized, independent non-profit training and partnership development organization that has worked with organizations and state agencies in more than 35 states.


School & Main Institute staff and faculty have years of expertise as organizational leaders, program developers, trainers, and facilitators in the fields of education, workforce preparation, youth and community development.

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