Four counties received Positive Youth Justice Initiative $400,000 implementation grants to test a series of reforms designed to transform juvenile justice into a more just, effective system and improve the lives of the youth they engage. Following are brief descriptions of the county grantee partners.
The Alameda County Probation Department and its partners are leading an effort to transform their local juvenile justice system. They seek to fundamentally change the ways they view, screen, engage with and provide services for East Bay youth and their families who are involved in the juvenile justice system. Alameda County is designing and implementing a series of policy and institutional reforms based on positive youth development. With this approach, young people are viewed as highly resilient with broad potential to thrive as valuable members of their communities.
The San Diego County Probation Department and its partners have a shared vision that all youth in San Diego will have the opportunity to develop into Caring, Literate, Educated And Responsible (CLEAR) community members. The county is strengthening and expanding relationships with community partners and stakeholders, including youth and families, to create a robust commitment to their shared vision. A part of that vision is to achieve a seamless system of care and support for youth and families that recognizes and addresses trauma and holistic youth development as priorities.
The San Joaquin County Probation Department and its partners are changing systems, strengthening support services and increasing awareness countywide to improve the outcomes for crossover youth. The county has a strong focus on educating and training staff, clinicians and community partners who serve, treat and interact with crossover youth. Community partners offer youth development groups for crossover youth and encourage interested young people to become leaders within their programs or groups.
The Vallejo City Unified School District and its partners in Solano County are addressing the intensive social-emotional, health and educational needs of crossover youth. The county’s model improves the way that juvenile justice, education and social support service providers function countywide, and supports agencies working with crossover youth so they can become successful students and transition to a healthy adulthood. The school district is leading an effort to better integrate the educational system in the county’s juvenile justice reform.