For Immediate Release
March 3, 2017
Youth Justice Leadership Institute Seeking Applicants
OKLAHOMA CITY – A national partner of the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) is now accepting applications for the Youth Justice Leadership Institute. The Institute is organized by the National Juvenile Justice Network (NJNN), and offers fellowships to advocates or organizers who focus on juvenile justice system practices and policies. The fellowships are geared towards individuals of color working as professionals in the juvenile justice field, who may also be young adults who are system survivors themselves, or family members of someone in the system.
Each year, 10 fellows from across the country are selected to develop their leadership and advocacy skills in the context of a robust curriculum around youth justice reform. The fellowship is completed concurrently with fellows’ current employment, so fellows do not have to leave their jobs to participate in the Institute. The fellowship includes two fully financed retreats, mentoring and frequent distance learning opportunities.
OICA, a supporter of juvenile justice reform in Oklahoma, is encouraging qualifying candidates to apply.
“We have to transition juvenile justice away from a system that just warehouses young offenders and towards a system that offers real treatment and rehabilitation,” said OICA CEO Joe Dorman. “To do that, we need effective advocates and community organizers who are committed to this cause and who understand the system they are trying to change. The Youth Justice Leadership Initiative helps connect those advocates and organizers with the tools they need to bring about real reform and improvement.”
Those interested in learning more about the Institute or applying can find additional information at the links below.