November 1-3, 2023
The annual conference is attended by juvenile justice professionals (Judges, Probation Officers, District Attorneys, Defenders, Victim Services representatives, providers of residential and community-based services, and other vendors serving the juvenile justice system) from throughout Pennsylvania and nationally.
The training workshops focus on various topics and issues facing juvenile justice professionals, while also highlighting practices, programs, and initiatives that exemplify best-practices related to Pennsylvania's Balanced & Restorative Justice mission and Juvenile Justice System Enhancement Strategy (JJSES).
Call for Presentations
Each year the Conference includes workshops that highlight practices, programs, and initiatives that exemplify best-practices related to the various components of Pennsylvania's Balanced & Restorative Justice mission and our Juvenile Justice System Enhancement Strategy (JJSES). This year’s workshops will take place on Thursday, November 2, 2023. The workshops will be 90 minutes in length and will be repeated via morning and afternoon sessions.
We enthusiastically welcome submissions for presentations. Interested parties can complete and submit the following presentation proposal form. Please note that up to two facilitators from each selected workshop will receive free Conference registration and meals (facilitators are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses).
2023 Call for Presentations
Submissions for presentations are due by Friday, May 19, 2023, and can be directed to Leo J. Lutz, Director of Policy and Program Development at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Juvenile Court Judges' Commission and the PA Council of Chief Juvenile Probation Officers are pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 2023 JCJC Professional Awards Program!
Who Can Submit Professional Award Nominations?
Professional Award nominations may be submitted by stakeholders that work/volunteer with juvenile justice-involved youth (including but not limited to Juvenile Probation Officers, Service Providers, Juvenile Court Judges, Volunteers, etc.) provided the nomination form includes required signatures.
What Are the Benefits to Nominating?
- Recipients receive recognition of their accomplishments at the Conference.
- Recognition inspires stakeholders, improves system performance, and enhances services provided.
- Recognition fosters positive work environments and productivity.
- Recognition improves the well-being and mental health of stakeholders.
The following 2023 Professional Awards are now being accepted:
A Chief Juvenile Probation Officer is defined as an individual who supervises a juvenile probation department within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as of the date of the nomination email submission. Award Winners prior to 2018 are eligible for nomination.
Juvenile Probation Supervisor of the Year
– an individual who supervises Juvenile Probation Officers, but who is not a Chief Juvenile Probation Officer, as of the date of the nomination email submission. This category includes Deputy Chiefs, Assistant Directors, Supervisors, Coordinators, and other positions functioning in a similar capacity that supervise Juvenile Probation Officers.
Juvenile Probation Officer of the Year
– an individual who is employed as a Juvenile Probation Officer, but who is not a Chief Juvenile Probation Officer, Deputy Chief, or Juvenile Probation Supervisor as of the date of the nomination email submission.
Residential Program of the Year
– any public or private sector program serving alleged and/or adjudicated delinquent youth in a residential setting. This includes foster homes, group homes, residential treatment programs, general childcare facilities, shelter care facilities, detention centers, independent living programs, and other programs providing out-of-home, overnight care to children. Award Winners prior to 2018 are eligible for nomination.
Community-Based Program of the Year
– any public or private sector program, not operated by the court, which provides community-based, non-residential services to alleged and/or adjudicated delinquent youth including, but not limited to, day treatment programs, in-home services, Boys and Girls Clubs, Education Services, and out-patient services.
Meritorious Service Award
– a person committed to furthering the development of at-risk, alleged, and/or delinquent youth, or advancing the mission of the juvenile justice system (Examples of volunteer work may include, but is not limited to, youth aid panels, youth commissions, anti-violence programs, school-based programs, diversionary programs, mentoring programs, faith-based programs, community centers or similar programming).
Juvenile Court Support Service Award
– Individuals eligible to receive this award include those persons who provide clerical, secretarial, fiscal specialist, management, information technology, quality assurance, or other support services to the juvenile court. This includes receptionists, secretaries, clerk/typists, information technology specialists, quality assurance specialists, office managers, and others functioning in a similar support capacity. (This individual does not need to be in a position that is entirely dedicated to the juvenile court system, but it should be a significant part of their position).
Victim Advocate of the Year
– an individual who works on behalf of crime victims in a district attorney’s office, juvenile probation department, or in a community-based agency (This individual does not need to be in a position that is entirely dedicated to victims of juvenile crime, but it should be a significant part of their position).
PLEASE NOTE: Submissions that were not selected as previous winners may be resubmitted for reconsideration in the same category.
All Professional Award Nomination Forms are due
by Monday, August 14th, 2023.
James E. Anderson Juvenile Justice
Youth Scholarship Award
The James E. Anderson Juvenile Justice Youth Scholarship Award is presented to a person who is currently, or at some point in the past, involved in the Pennsylvania juvenile justice system, has demonstrated remarkable resiliency and exceptional accomplishments, and is currently attending college or post-secondary institution of higher learning, or who will be enrolled for the fall 2023 semester
The deadline for the James E. Anderson Scholarship Award has been extended.
All nominations for the James E. Anderson Scholarship Award must now be postmarked no later than June 30, 2023.
The JCJC will again sponsor a Youth Awards Program to honor youth selected as winners of the Creative Expression Contest and recipients of the Outstanding Achievement Award. This year’s theme is “Believe in My Steps for Tomorrow.”
Who Can Submit Youth Award Nominations?
Youth award nominations may be submitted by stakeholders that work/volunteer with juvenile justice-involved youth (including but not limited to Juvenile Probation Officers, Service Providers, Juvenile Court Judges, etc.) provided the nomination form includes required signatures.
What Are the Benefits of Nominating Youth?
- Youth gain recognition of their accomplishments at the Conference.
- Youth gain confidence and motivation to continue making positive life changes.
- Youth meet and interact with the featured youth award program speaker.
- Youth make positive connections with prosocial role models.
- Youth receive a certificate of recognition to commemorate their accomplishments.
The JCJC Awards Committee is accepting nominations for the Outstanding Achievement Award and the Creative Expression Contest, both of which are described below.
Creative Expression Contest - Using the theme “Believe in My Steps for Tomorrow,” youth are to submit an original creative expression project in one of the following three categories: Poster, Written (essay, poem, story, etc.), or Mixed Media (dance, song, audio, video, or photography). This contest has a fifteen (15) and under category and a sixteen (16) and over category. Outstanding Achievement Award - The Outstanding Achievement Award submission consists of a narrative description of a youth’s outstanding qualities of community service, victim reparation, academic accomplishments, school attendance, citizenship, attitude, extra-curricular activities, peer relationships, significant life experience, and positive changes in behavior.
All Youth Award nominations must be postmarked
no later than August 14th, 2023.
For all awards questions, please contact Angel R. Stewart
at email@example.com or Keysla Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are pleased to announce the room block at the Hilton Harrisburg is open. Early reservations are encouraged to secure the contracted rates. Please see below for reservation details.
The room block will close on 10/13/2023. Rooms are available on a first-come basis. You may visit the customized link to book online, 2023 JCJC Annual Conference Room Block Booking, or call 717-233-6000 and identify yourself with the Conference using GROUP CODE: JCJC23. The hotel will confirm your reservation.
The room block will close on 10/11/2023. Rooms are available on a first-come basis. You may visit the customized link to book online, 2023 JCJC Annual Conference Room Block, or call 717-234-5021 and identify yourself with the Conference using GROUP CODE: CAL in the JCJC Call-In Block. The hotel will confirm your reservation.