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2019 James E. Anderson Pennsylvania Conference on Juvenile Justice


Call for Presentations

The 2019 James E. Anderson Pennsylvania Conference on Juvenile Justice, sponsored by the Juvenile Court Judges' Commission, the Pennsylvania Council of Chief Juvenile Probation Officers, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, and the Juvenile Court Section of the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges will be held November 6-8, 2019 at the Harrisburg Hilton and Towers.

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 7, 2019.  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).  

Submissions for presentations are due by Monday, June 3, 2019, and can be directed to Leo J. Lutz, Director of Policy and Program Development at

 Call for Presentations 2019.docx


Awards Program Nominations 

We are pleased to announce that nominations for the 2019 JCJC Awards Program are now open and include eight professional categories, as well as the youth awards contest. The awards will be presented at the 2019 James E. Anderson Pennsylvania Conference on Juvenile Justice on November 6 and 7, 2019 at the Harrisburg Hilton.
Nomination packets have been sent to juvenile court judges, chief juvenile probation officers, and agencies currently serving delinquent youth in the juvenile justice system. The Awards Committee requests that all juvenile justice professionals encourage youth under their jurisdiction to participate in the contest. Both Professional and Youth Awards materials must be postmarked by June 1, 2019.
We encourage you to help honor exemplary performances by individuals and programs serving children in Pennsylvania.  Please contact Keith Graybill at 717.705.9006 or at if you have any questions or need further assistance.  Thank you for partnership and ongoing commitment to this program.


The 2019 Professional Awards Program includes the below categories:
  • Juvenile Probation Supervisor of the Year - any individual who supervises probation officers, but who is not a Chief Juvenile Probation Officer, as of the date of the nomination letter's postmark. This category includes all Deputy Chiefs, Assistant Directors, Supervisors, and others functioning in a similar capacity.
  • Juvenile Probation Officer of the Year - any 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 letter's postmark.
  • Court Operated Program of the Year - any program operated by court employees which serves alleged and/or adjudicated delinquent youth.
  • 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 child care facilities, shelter care facilities, detention centers, independent living programs, and other programs providing out-of-home, overnight care to children. Award winners prior to 2015 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 care to alleged and/or adjudicated delinquent youth, including but not limited to, day treatment programs, in-home services, Boys and Girls Clubs, and out-patient services.
  • Meritorious Service Award - any individual not receiving remuneration for working with at risk, alleged and/or delinquent children.  This individual is a volunteer committed to furthering the development of youth in the juvenile justice system.
  • Juvenile Court Support Service Award - any individual who provides clerical, secretarial, management, information technology or other support services to the Juvenile Court.  This includes receptionists, secretaries, clerk/typists, information technology specialists, fiscal specialists, office managers, and others functioning in a similar support capacity.
  • Victim Advocate Award - any 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: A Juvenile Court Judge from the county of origin must endorse the formal nomination material, which must be postmarked by June 1, 2019.



The Juvenile Court Judges' Commission and the Awards Committee of the PA Council of Chief Juvenile Probation Officers are pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 JCJC Youth Awards Program.  Nominations will only be accepted for youth involved in the juvenile justice system.  There is no limit to the number of nominations a county or youth-serving agency may submit.  All nominations must, however, be endorsed by the assigned juvenile probation officer.

The Awards Committee is again accepting nominations for the Outstanding Achievement Contest, and the Creative Expression Contest both of which are described below. Please note that again this year, in an effort to recognize the expanding and creative artistic talent of youth, the Creative Expression Contest category will include either a Written , Poster or Video entry in two age categories,  fifteen (15 ) and under and sixteen (16) and over.  The requirements of each nomination are listed below and on the attached nomination forms.  This year’s theme is “Resilience- My Journey, My Voice, My Opportunity”.  All nominations must be postmarked by June 1, 2019.

The Creative Expression Contest submission consists of a poster, no larger than 22” H X 28” W with a 1” border as a picture, drawing, painting or collage; or a written essay, poem, story, etc. entry typed and limited to one page in length; or a video entry on a USB flash drive, DVD or CD, in an mpeg, mov, wmv, 3gp, or avi format of no longer than 2 minutes. This contest has a fifteen (15) and under category and a sixteen (16) and over category.
The Outstanding Achievement Contest consists of a narrative description of a youth’s outstanding qualities of community service, victim reparation, academic accomplishments, citizenship, attitude, extra-curricular activities, peer relationships and positive changes in behavior, submitted by a counselor, teacher, or juvenile probation officer.
PLEASE NOTE: The winners and their parents will be honored guests at the 2019 Youth Awards Program and Dinner.  Please note that the county or child-serving institution submitting a nomination(s) are responsible for, and committed to ensuring that winners attend the Youth Awards Program including travel and overnight accommodation as needed. Winners will have the opportunity to say a few words upon receiving their award.

Please contact Keith Graybill at 717.705.9006 or at if you have any questions or need further assistance.  Thank you for partnering to recognize outstanding and creative youth in Pennsylvania’s juvenile justice system.