Our primary function is to be a support network for organizers and practitioners engaging with youth involved in juvenile justice systems and/or in need of support and services. Today, CJNY is comprised of more than 130 community-based programs. CJNY grassroots organizers, service-providers and advocates are unified in their aim to reduce the strict-sentencing and the warehousing of children of color within the United States and to promote effective, culturally appropriate community-based interventions.
The core activities of CJNY are: Peer-to-Peer Exchanges, Technical Assistance Services, System Accountability Specialization and Regional/National Conferences.
Peer Exchanges provide avenues for communication and training between member organizations.
Technical Assistance is offered to CJNY members in areas including: Organizational development, educational and skills curriculums, fundraising, community organizing, advocacy and service provision.
System Accountability Specialization focuses on strategic planning and implementation of localized community-based efforts to utilize data to reduce the secure confinement of youth of color.
Regional and National Conferences allow for regional or network-wide reunions that always include good people, food and training.