“How Shall We Respond to the Dreams of Youth?” A National Juvenile Justice Summit Wednesday, June 7, 2000

Broadcast Overview 
“How shall we respond to the dreams of youth?”  This question, first asked by the founders of the Juvenile Court in 1897 will be addressed yet again by participants at the National Juvenile Justice Summit in Washington, D.C. on June 6 and 7.  The Summit, hosted by the Juvenile Court Centennial Initiative, will bring together delegates from more than 100 national organizations that share a common commitment to help neglected, abused and delinquent children and youth.

The national videoconference, hosted by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, will be broadcast on June 7 from the National Juvenile Justice Summit, and is designed to:

  • Build awareness of the challenges and opportunities to improve the juvenile justice system.
  • Highlight effective strategies, model programs and interventions addressing the needs of troubled children and youth.
  • Stimulate debate about ways to strengthen and revitalize the juvenile justice system.
  • Expand the juvenile justice network and promote collaboration among those serving at risk children, youth and families.

Broadcast Objectives
Videoconference participants were brought live into the final plenary of the Summit for discussion and ratification of the Declaration for Juvenile Justice for the 21st Century.  The Declaration summarized effective interventions and identified opportunities and challenges to strengthen the capacity of the juvenile justice system by doing the following:
  • Promote children’s emotional, physical, mental and spiritual health and well-being.
  • Nurture and unleash the full human potential of children through the arts, sports, recreation and education.
  • Invest in community-based programs to care for neglected, abused and delinquent children.
  • Give kids who are trouble with the law a chance to make a better choice.
  • Provide humane confinement for serious juvenile offenders, and only as a last resort.
  • Ensure fair and equal justice for all children and youth.

The videoconference also included pre-recorded interviews with successful juvenile court graduates, footage of the juvenile justice system at work and highlights of the Summit proceedings and its National Juvenile Justice Awards Gala. 

The Juvenile Justice Teleconference Website
email: ekujjtap@aol.com
For More information, please contact:
Jenny McWilliams at 859-622-6671

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