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Center for Youth Justice Transformation (CYJT)

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The Center for Youth Justice Transformation (CYJT) strengthens state- and territory-level compliance with the Formula Grants Program, authorized under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) by developing and implementing training and technical assistance (TTA) that support state, territorial, Tribal, and community-level juvenile justice system reform efforts in addition to designing and implementing an online education program for best practices in juvenile justice reform. American Institutes for Research (AIR), along with its partners brings a coordinated TTA structure that integrates evidence-based strategies and youth and family partnership centered innovations that advance justice transformation. The center’s principles include continuous quality improvement; individualized site-specific TTA that focuses on local innovation and data and delivery in collaboration with other experts; and establishing the inclusion of diverse perspectives.

Provider Organization

American Institutes for Research (AIR)
Award Details

Services Provided

CYJT seeks to translate research into practice, focusing on evidence-based approaches designed to improve outcomes for youth at risk of or currently involved in the juvenile justice and/or child welfare systems. We provide TTA in four key areas:

1.       Achieving and maintaining compliance with the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act and the four core protections it ensures.

2.       Maximizing the effectiveness of state advisory groups.

3.       Effectively using detention and commitment for delinquent youth.

4.       Enhancing multisystem collaboration and information sharing among youth-serving agencies.


  • Aftercare/Parole/Re-entry
  • Child Welfare Personnel
  • Community Members
  • Compliance Monitors
  • Juvenile Justice Specialists
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Probation Officers
  • School Personnel
  • State Advisory Groups
  • Youth Advocates
  • Youth Services Professionals


All local jurisdictions, juvenile justice specialists, compliance monitors, racial and ethnic disparities coordinators, state advisory groups, state juvenile justice agencies, prevention staff, detention/corrections staff, re-entry staff, and other juvenile justice-related agencies/organizations are welcome to submit a request for TTA. All requests will undergo an assessment process designed to determine capacity to successfully implement and sustain TTA efforts. Juvenile justice specialists in the appropriate state/territory will be informed of the request and invited to participate in the assessment process. Final decisions regarding the provision of TTA will be made in consultation with OJJDP.



CCAS provides TTA to juvenile justice agencies and organizations through a variety of ways:

  • Universal TTA – brokering of services and dissemination of information such as resource bulletins/reports, toolkits, briefs, guides/manuals, online courses, and webinars.
  • Targeted TTA – designed and delivered to a group of recipients with similar needs through such methods as communities of practice, monthly calls, listservs, webinars, listening sessions, and national and regional meetings.
  • Tailored TTA – designed and customized to address a specific individualized need through processes such as ongoing cohorts, ongoing coaching/mentoring, onsite training, one-to-one instruction, and peer-to-peer learning. 

Cassandra Blakely
Project Director
[email protected]

  • Ensuring Public Safety
  • Supporting Prosecutors
  • Supporting and Protecting Law Enforcement
  • Youth Development

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Date Published: October 14, 2020