New Technical Assistance Opportunity for City Leaders Interested in Juvenile Justice Reform

This new 14-month technical assistance initiative will support efforts by city leaders to increase public safety and improve outcomes for youth involved in the juvenile justice system.

The National League of Cities’ Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute) is excited to announce a Request for Proposals for the Municipal Leadership for Juvenile Justice Reform Technical Assistance Initiative.

Technical assistance will include a Mayor’s Institute for Juvenile Justice Reform, development of action plans and opportunities for the selected cities to come together to learn from each other and share best practices. National experts will also work with cities to ensure reforms are based on the evidence of what works from successful initiatives in other localities.

The YEF Institute has used the Mayor’s Institute model to successfully engage mayors across the country as champions and leaders on a host of issues affecting children and families. Following the Mayor’s Institute, teams from participating cities will begin to draft action plans at an initial group meeting. YEF Institute staff will provide support to cities in the implementation of their action plans through site visits and regular opportunities for peer-to-peer learning and collaboration.
City-led juvenile justice reform needs strong partnerships to succeed. Therefore, a key component of this technical assistance will be support in building or enhancing a diverse stakeholder group that includes city officials, representatives from law enforcement agencies as well as county and state partners. The YEF Institute will also engage national juvenile justice reform experts in information sharing to support the participating cities.

Applications are due by 5:00 PM EST on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. For more information on the application process and timeline, see the Request for Proposals. NLC will announce the six cities selected to participate in this opportunity on December 5, 2014.

The Juvenile Justice Reform Technical Assistance Initiative is made possible through the generous support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change initiative.