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Community Justice Network for Youth

W. Haywood Burns Institute

  • Program Education
  • Program Area Success Beyond High School
  • Grant Amount $200,000
  • Grant Period July 1, 2003–June 30, 2006
  • Location San Francisco, CA, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

Initially, the W. Haywood Burns Institute was a project of the Youth Law Center. One of the institute’s main efforts is the Community Justice Network for Youth, a national network of community-based organizations serving at-risk youth in the juvenile justice system. Due to rapid expansion of activities, the institute became an independent organization in 2003.Multiyear funding will enable the network to help community-based organizations remain connected to best practices that promote extended alternative opportunities for learning; provide peer-to-peer technical assistance to increase the knowledge base and area of expertise for groups interested in alternative education or other areas; organize a meeting of groups whose focus is alternative education; convene four regional meetings and a national conference to bring together network members to work on strategies and develop activities; and develop measuring tools to evaluate the success of alternative programs and the network’s ability to provide quality technical assistance relevant to alternative education.Since its inception in 1998, the number of participating member groups has grown from 25 to more than 80 across four geographic regions. Recent accomplishments included coordinating three regional meetings, a national conference attended by more than 50 of the organizations, and the publication of numerous fact sheets and newsletters on policy issues and articles of interest on juvenile justice.