A Message from The President
Greetings, Juvenile Justice Vision 20/20 Members and Guests!
Welcome to our new website. As many of you know, Juvenile Justice Vision 20/20 is a grassroots, voluntary organization representing the collective voices of the juvenile courts and other stakeholders in juvenile justice. Members of the organization accepted the challenge of developing a Strategic Plan in 2011 which functions as an action agenda, and much has been accomplished since then.
Thanks to the hard work of many committed professionals, Juvenile Justice Vision 20/20 has successfully completed several publications including a Core Tenets Briefing Book which discusses the foundational concepts of the juvenile courts in Michigan, and a Juvenile Court Funding Briefing Book, which helps educate the reader about the complicated funding of our juvenile courts and the respective programming for youth and families. In addition, a team has completed a comprehensive document on the use of risk assessments within the juvenile courts in Michigan; this report exercises academic rigor and is extremely informative for anyone who is interested in the subject. In fact, this report has been utilized by several national organizations!
Also exciting are the efforts toward training a strong juvenile justice workforce. Last year’s efforts resulted in 172 juvenile justice professionals attending an outstanding, educational conference at the Grand Valley State University downtown Grand Rapids campus. Such trainings are in response to a survey of juvenile justice professionals which identified the areas of interest for training. So we make certain the information offered is relevant to you! The next training is planned for May 8 and 9. Please watch for additional information and registration opportunities posted on this website, soon.
We are proud to have received several grants from the State Justice Institute to assist us in the planning, development and implementation of various juvenile justice projects, and recently, we were honored with a Bureau of Justice Assistance grant to develop Michigan’s first juvenile justice data sharing model for implementation in a minimum of five pilot courts – Kent, Ionia, Kalamazoo, Berrien and Ottawa. This is a strong, collaborative, development effort with several juvenile courts and includes significant partnerships with the State Court Administrative Office, the National Center for State Courts, Grand Valley State University/Community Research Institute, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Technology, Budget and Management, the Michigan State Police, the Administrative Office of the Court in Ohio and other state departments.
Everyone interested in juvenile justice is welcome to join this fast paced, proactive organization committed to the overall improvement of juvenile justice in Michigan. If you haven’t already joined, please give membership your serious consideration. We would be honored to add you to the collective voice and mission of Juvenile Justice Vision 20/20!
Sandi Metcalf, M.S.